Jeremy Pelt says in a news release that Identity concerns “the expectation that I have placed upon myself. More specifically, it deals with me finding my own identity.” His young sidemen share his commitment to depart from the predictability of standard jazz practice. His playing is stunning in range, technique and tonal qualities. Pelt’s originals have bewitching qualities, particularly on the slower pieces. “Eye of the Beholder” uses echo, slight reverberation and Fender Rhodes vibrato to produce a haunting atmosphere.
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