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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
' yearning notes, and the keyboardists' dark Fender Rhodes voicings, the musicians levitate the momentum atop staggered flows. Pelt's electronic trumpet treatments take center stage due to a succession of cosmic wah-wah choruses and illusory navigations, where the band treks along an oscillating soundscape, leading to a sultry fadeout during the finale. Here, Pelt tenders a revved-up communion with some very hip musical spirits.
Personnel: Jeremy Pelt: trumpet; Roxy Coss: soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone; David Bryant: piano, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet and Hammond B-3 organ; Frank LoCrasto: keyboard, Fender Rhodes and Prophet; Burniss Earl Travis: acoustic and electric bass; Dana Hawkins: drums.