Last Call CD Review: Jeremy Pelt / Water and Earth / High Note

Apr 27, 2013

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is an accomplished trumpeter with a string of critically acclaimed albums.  A solid straight-ahead artist, he has released two albums (2005's Identity) and (2007's Shock Value) that explore electric jazz directions.  For Water and Earth, the noted trumpeter, bandleader & educator is back with his longtime bandmates Frank LoCrasto, keyboards; Dana Hawkins, drums; and newcomers including Roxy Coss on saxophone. The session features Pelt's plugged in trumpet on tunes that will stay with the listener such as  "Boom Bishop" and "Pieces of A Dream".  Vocalist Ra-Re Valverde joins the band for the dreamlike "Stay". The session is closed out by the beautiful late night ballad "Butterfly Dreams". From blistering trumpet runs from the leader to soulful balladry, Water and Earth is another fine recording from the noted trumpeter. Pelt's artistry continues to mesmerize and enchant listeners who want energetic, adventuresome music. Jeremy Pelt admits the new recording is strongly influenced by Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, as well as legendary trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. It continues the tradition of the best of the recordings from those artists in the 1970s into a sparkling, energetic date which does not disapoint.