All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

4

Jeremy Pelt: Water and Earth

Glenn Astarita By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Boom Bishop"

Jeremy Pelt: Water and Earth 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.

Pelt sparks remembrances of trumpeter Miles Davis' fusion era on "Boom Bishop." Sparked by his rocketing, bop lines and drummer Dana Hawkins' feeding frenzy-like approach to the pulse, the ensemble settles into a classic Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970)-style vamp, spiced with a contemporary hue. Featuring saxophonist Roxy Coss' 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.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: HighNote Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
District Jazz
Read more articles
Jive Culture
Jive Culture
HighNote Records
2016
buy
 Tales, Musings, and Other Reveries
Tales, Musings, and...
HighNote Records
2015
buy
Face Forward, Jeremy
Face Forward, Jeremy
HighNote Records
2014
buy
Water And Earth
Water And Earth
HighNote Records
2013
buy
Soul
Soul
HighNote Records
2012
buy
The Talented Mr. Pelt
The Talented Mr. Pelt...
HighNote Records
2011
buy
Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis
trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Max Roach Max Roach
drums
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Claudio Roditi Claudio Roditi
trumpet
Art Farmer Art Farmer
flugelhorn
Marcus Printup Marcus Printup
trumpet
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown
trumpet
Art Blakey Art Blakey
drums

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.