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Jeremy Pelt Quintet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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On his new album The Artist (February 2019) the famed American trumpeter/composer delves into the legacy of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In the five-movement Rodin Suite he muses not only on works the artist left us, but how his art might have evolved if he were still with us today. His ensemble is capable of delicacy and color as well as full on contemporary jazz sounds. Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent trumpeters within the world ...

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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2018

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The 17th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival--held June 22nd to the 30th--was another success. The festival, held annually in downtown Rochester, New York, has quickly become one of the nation's most popular and most respected music events. We're talking about 1500+ artists, 20 venues; each within walking distance of each other, 320 concerts; including 94 free shows and events. The festival's European style makes it the place to meet! With many streets closed to traffic, the lively ...

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The Power Quintet at Jazz Standard

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The Power Quintet Jazz Standard New York, NY December 3, 2016 The age of the collective-minded outfit in jazz is upon us. While the concept of democratically-driven bands is hardly new or unique, more and more artists seem to be taking to the idea with gusto, pooling their talents and resources for the greater good. Such artistic and business arrangements give everybody an opportunity to share in the responsibility load, play multiple ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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