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Jeremy Pelt — Face Forward, Jeremy (2014)

Jeremy Pelt — Face Forward, Jeremy (January 21, 2014)

USA Flag    Jeremy Pelt — Face Forward, Jeremy
ψ   California-born jazz trumpeter with a knack for both straight-ahead and fusion-influenced jazz.
Born: September 4, 1976
Location: New York
Album release: January 21, 2014
Record Label: HighNote Records
Duration:     43:53
Tracks:
1. Higby, Pt. 1      2:10
2. Stars Are Free      7:46
3. Princess Charlie      5:31
4. The Calm Before the Storm      5:39
5. Glimpse      7:26
6. Rastros      3:04
7. In My Grandfather's Words      3:50
8. The Secret Code      5:55
9. Verse      2:31
¦¦   Recorded at the Bunker Studios
¦¦   Produced by Jeremy Pelt
Written:
¦¦   Fabiana Masili / Jeremy Pelt 6
¦¦   Roxy Coss 4
¦¦   Jeremy Pelt 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
¦¦   Gavin Fallow 2
¦¦   Jeremy Pelt / M. Suggs 9
Personnel:
¦¦   Jeremy Pelt: trumpet
¦¦   Roxy Cross: soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet
¦¦   David Bryant: piano, organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
¦¦   Frank Locrasto: Fender Rhodes (2)
¦¦   Chris Smith: acoustic and electric bass
¦¦   Dana Hawkins: drums, drum programming
Album Moods: Sophisticated Ambitious Joyous Bittersweet Fiery Passionate Complex Confident Earnest Elegant Enigmatic Flowing Intimate Laid-Back/Mellow Gentle Romantic
CREDITS:
¦ Jacob Bergson  Engineer
¦ Kevin Blackler  Mastering
¦ David Bryant  Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
¦ Roxy Coss  Clarinet (Bass), Composer, Sax (Sopran, Tenor)
¦ John Davis  Mixing
¦ Gavin Fallow  Composer
¦ Joe Fields  Executive Producer
¦ Dana Hawkins  Drum Programming, Drums
¦ Jati Lindsay  Photography
¦ Frank LoCrasto  Fender Rhodes
¦ Fabiana Masili  Composer, Vocals
¦ Peter Muller  Design
¦ Keiji Obata  Design
¦ Jeremy Pelt  Composer, Producer, Trumpet
¦ Jennifer Shaw  Cello
¦ Chris Smith  Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric)
¦ M. Suggs  Composer
¦ Milton Suggs  Vocals
¦ Michael J. West  Liner Notes
¦ Brandee Younger  Harp
REVIEW
By GLENN ASTARITA
¦¦   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 groove-based vamp on "Stars Are Free." ¦¦   Interestingly enough, drummer Dana Hawkins unites acoustic drums and electronic drum programming, which at times, tends to sound overly busy or a bit cluttered, depending on one's preferences. But Hawkins instills a dynamic undercurrent, supporting Pelt's jazz-focused navigation of interstellar space atop the surging rhythms and Frank LoCrasto's crisp Fender Rhodes voicing and metronomic, time stamp like the metrics during the bridge. Here, the ensemble's athletic stride comes to the forefront. ¦¦   And Chris Smith's fluidly articulated, extended bass solo sparks additional excitement.
¦¦   Pelt excels at producing a homogenized progressive and spacey jazz-fusion brew that is not overcooked, and includes a diverse mix, including a few tender vocal tracks. ¦¦   He doesn't intimate any revolutionary tactics but gets the job done by operating in fast- forward mode, framed with his gifted chops.
Website: http://www.jeremypelt.net/
MySpace: https://myspace.com/jeremypeltswired
Twitter: https://twitter.com/peltjazz
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/your-peltness
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Real-Jeremy-Pelt-Fan-Page/148166221876056
Review of "The Talented Mr. Pelt"
By Ron Wynn, From JazzTimes
¦¦   There hasn't been any orchestrated campaign boosting the profile of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, but in little more than a decade after his arrival in New York he's generated considerable excitement. His group's latest recording comprehensively demonstrates why he's so well regarded.
¦¦   Pelt is a technical marvel. He executes intricate solos with ease, plays gorgeous ballads in a tasteful manner, and never lacks flair or sensitivity. At the same time, The Talented Mr. Pelt is a group statement rather than an individual showcase. Pelt deliberately doesn't dominate the spotlight, and the band achieves a blend of spontaneity and precision that makes these songs a pleasure to hear.
¦¦   The thematic menu features an interesting blend of romantic songs and tunes with either mythological or religious connotations. But Pelt and his bandmate-tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Gerald Cleaver-aren't doing gospel on "David & Goliath" or "Paradise Lost." The former closes the disc in the same demonstrative manner that "Pandora's Box" begins it. Pelt and Allen are comfortable alternating roles, playing in unison or responding to the rhythm section. The great Rudy Van Gelder's savvy sonic touches are evident throughout the excellent production.
¦¦   Yes, it might be Pelt's upper-register licks, speed and lengthy authoritative phrases on uptempo pieces that reinforce his eminence among current trumpeters. But it's the group dynamic and the trumpeter's stunning solos on such pieces as "All My Thoughts Are of You" and "In Love Again" that truly highlight his brilliance.
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Jeremy Pelt — Face Forward, Jeremy (2014)

 

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