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Jeremy Pelt: Face Forward, Jeremy

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Venerable trumpeter Jeremy Pelt takes another step out of the modern jazz schema, expanding upon Water and Earth (HighNote Records, 2013) with his young band by forging an acoustic- electric jazz wonderland, swarming with colorful fabrications and capacious sonic environs. Featuring works abetted with strings, electronics, vocals and free-flight jazz-based improvisations, the program is heightened by Pelt's sparkling bop lines occasionally treated with echo and reverb processes. Moreover, the ensemble projects great depth, complemented by prudent implementations of electronics along with high-velocity breakouts, and vacillating cadences, tinted with a smattering of jazz-funk mechanisms. The ensemble launches an electrifying ...

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Jeremy Pelt: Water and Earth

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Change is often a precursor for innovation. After many years of straddling modern mainstream, and progressive jazz via his burgeoning solo career and first-call session duties, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leans a few notches toward the jazz-fusion spectrum on Water and Earth. However, the artist doesn't take matters to the extreme and serves up a compellingly divergent track mix, owing patronage to bop and outlying areas of the jazz vernacular. Using trumpet effects in spots, including the dual keyboard attack of Frank LoCrasto and David Bryant, the album gels amid the artists' razor-sharp focus, robust exchanges, and variegated tonalities.

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Jeremy Pelt: A Man of Honor

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For the younger generation of jazz musicians, those in their thirties today, the path is not always as smooth and easy as we may think it is. Nobody likes to live in anybody's shadow. Jazz is populated with giants who left their mark and those who look up to them in order to be able to move on. They listen; they internalize; they create something new. That is what jazz is all about: the thrill of the unknown. Comparisons are just a waste of time and a disrespectful and rather pathetic way of unsuccessfully pointing out that nothing original can ...

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Jeremy Pelt: Men of Honor

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The title of firebrand trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's Men of Honor refers to the members of his quintet who, like their leader here, are among the foremost 30-something neo-bop players in jazz today. The album is a follow-up to Pelt's acclaimed November (MAXJAZZ, 2008), which marked this all-acoustic quintet's debut, and came on the heels of a couple of releases that explored a sort of early-1970s electric Miles Davis vibe. Heralded for years as one of the “rising stars" in jazz, Pelt has earned accolades for his staggering virtuosity, which has elicited comparisons to trumpet icons like Clifford ...

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Jeremy Pelt Threefer: Caution! Hard Hat Area!; Relentless & Twilight & Blues

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Gasper BertoncelkCaution! Hard Hat Area!Arabesque2009 Sharel CassityRelentlessJazz Legacy Productions2009 Lisa HiltonTwilight & BluesRecord Label #3Year Jeremy Pelt has become a sought-after sideman and his trumpeting has been tapped for three recording projects here: two auspicious debuts by emerging talents, the other from a veteran West Coast pianist. Drummer Gasper Bertoncelj is from Slovenia, but his musical allegiances skew more toward hard bop than ...

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Jeremy Pelt and JD Allen: New Leaders at Kennedy Center

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Since first playing together in the early '90s under drummer extraordinaire Winard Harper, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's and saxophonist JD Allen's paths have crossed several times, as they solidified their places at the forefront of modern jazz. Each now a master technician, innovative composer, and successful bandleader, Pelt recently asked Allen to contribute to the Jeremy Pelt Quintet's latest --November (MAXJAZZ, 2008). They will perform together on October 3, 2008 at the Kennedy Center's KC Jazz Club, in Washington, DC to celebrate its release.

“The first time that we ever shared a stage together was in the late '90s." ...

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Jeremy Pelt: November & Chillin' Live

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Jeremy Pelt November MaxJazz 2008 Pete Zimmer Quartet Chillin' Live Tippin' 2008

After a century of development that has involved splitting off into varied branches, each with its own complement of dedicated listeners, straight-ahead or mainstream jazz has continued to move forward with the help of young lions eager to forge their own pathways. One such trailblazer is trumpeter Jeremy Pelt who is in full force on these two recent releases. Pelt's quintet engages in an emotional outpouring ...

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Jeremy Pelt: November

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In the same way that Roy Hargrove's Earfood (Emarcy, 2008) updated Lee Morgan's Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965), so Jeremy Pelt's November updates Miles Davis' Miles Smiles (Columbia/Legacy, 1966). If creativity and art can be evaluated on both the vertical and horizontal, Morgan's and Davis' offerings represent horizontal progressions of the art of jazz into new areas, where Hargrove's and Pelt's are vertical elaborations of those previous collections.

Jeremy Pelt (with his band WiRED) last offered Shock Value: Live at Smoke (MaxJazz, 2007), an exploration of the style Miles generated with Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It's About ...

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Jeremy Pelt and Wired: Shock Value: Live at Smoke

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Imagine a sacred Shinto sand garden beautifully divided up into all of the genres of jazz, rock, and blues. Interconnections between the genres and subgenres are carefully documented, after having been fully researched and verified. Now visualize trumpeter Jeremy Pelt dragging his horn through this garden, marginally alongside a similar set of tracks left by Miles Davis thirty-five years ago. This provides a visual image of Jeremy Pelt and his band WiRED at their March 21-22, 2007 appearance at New York City's Smoke.

Pelt is one of the few trumpeters exploring Miles' post-In A Silent Way ...

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Jeremy Pelt & Wired: Shock Value: Live at Smoke

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Born to play the blues and raised on jazz's most recent personality changes, Jeremy Pelt brings fire and passion to his audience while tempering each stroke with the improvisational tools that have grown out of tradition. The trumpeter's wah-wah comments, his low moan caresses and his dizzying romps through bebop heaven gather up a hundred years of jazz into one big picnic basket filled with seasonal delights. This appearance at New York City's Smoke features six of the leader's original compositions and one by bassist Derek Nievergelt.

The band is wired, literally and figuratively; Pelt uses occasional electronic effects with ...

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Jeremy Pelt: Identity

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Jeremy Pelt is a man in search of himself and a sonic identity that will enshrine him in the pantheon of trumpet greats. For the young lions and lionesses of jazz, this is a daunting task, given the hordes of spirits-of-jam-sessions-past that haunt the hallowed halls of jazzdom. Certainly Pelt is a contender: his tone and technique are equal to that of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, two noticeable stylistic influences, and his harmonic conception and compositional flair call to mind the inside-outness of Wayne Shorter or the modal adventurousness of Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson. Ever ...

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Jeremy Pelt: From Classical, Perhaps One Day to Classic

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Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, all of 28 years old, with a commitment to music and a world of talent, appears to have a bright future. He is creative and his trumpet work is both facile and strong-toned. He's willing to work hard and keep developing.

How is it he could almost be pigeonholed into being “soft" because of one album done with a background of strings?

He says that did happen to him for a bit, but hopefully not for long because his new Max Jazz release Identity is out and it is helping to re-establish just what the title says. ...

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Jeremy Pelt: Identity

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Still on the shy side of thirty, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has already established quite a name for himself, building an impressive body of work collaborating with artists including Ralph Peterson, the Mingus Big Band, and Wayne Shorter. Winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star on trumpet two years running, as well as the Jazz Journalist Association's award for one of the Best Emerging Stars, he's developed remarkable cachet in record time.

With the exception of Close to My Heart, which, despite being a “with strings record, still bucked convention by virtue of material choices, his previous albums ('02's ...

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Jeremy Pelt: Identity

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Most of the best composers, like Ellington and Shorter, have also been great players. The two processes are mutually reinforcing. Jeremy Pelt's Identity shows him to be on this two-fold path. It's all original material performed with Frank LoCrasto on keyboards, Vicente Archer on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums--all on a par of excellence with Pelt in their playing. This particular group formed just recently, yet it already has sharp rapport. If it stays together, it'll likely become one of the better groups out there.

Pelt pulls off the difficult trick of being simultaneously cerebral and inviting. ...



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