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Jeremy Pelt: Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) + Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant)

Review of two albums featuring trumpeter

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Cover of Jeremy Pelt album Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris
Cover of Jeremy Pelt album Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris

If you build it, the muse will come. That was the operating principle behind trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s latest album as a leader: He brought his working quintet, the same acoustic postbop band heard on 2017’s Make Noise!, to Paris last fall, intent on recording a two-night stand at the intimate Sunset/Sunside club.

Three of the album’s eight cuts are drawn from Make Noise! On the opening title track, pianist Victor Gould’s rangy, two-fisted improvisation rides atop the roiling rhythmic tension provided by drummer Jonathan Barber, bassist Vicente Archer and percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, before making way for Pelt’s own urgent, artfully constructed solo. Barber’s dynamic derring-do sets up the sprawling “Evolution,” much of which lets the trumpeter engage in creative back-and-forth with bass and drums. And closer “Château d’Eau” offers an elegant melody attached to lush chord changes.

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