4

Jeremy Pelt: Water and Earth

Glenn Astarita By

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

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "In All My Holy Mountain" CD/LP/Track Review In All My Holy Mountain
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Forest Grove" CD/LP/Track Review Forest Grove
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 26, 2016
Read "Allied Forces" CD/LP/Track Review Allied Forces
by David A. Orthmann
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "Suite Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Suite Ellington
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Cantos Invisíveis" CD/LP/Track Review Cantos Invisíveis
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 13, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!