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Jeremy Pelt: #Jiveculture

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s approach remains solidly postbop in feel and execution, with strong echoes of Miles Davis’ mid- to late-’60s work-lent authority here by the presence of Davis alum Ron Carter on bass.

The opener, a Pelt original entitled “Baswald’s Place,” sets the tone. It’s propulsive yet leavened with meditative tranquility, braced by the charged swing of the rhythm section (pianist Danny Grissett and drummer Billy Drummond, along with Carter) and the impressive focus of the soloists-especially, in this case, Grissett, who deepens his linear conceptions with richly bended harmonies and sonic textures. Pelt, meanwhile, attains a mellifluous, voice-like croon that’s neither sentimental nor ironically detached but straightforward in its emotional resonance. His ideas sound fresh and original, even if his milky, vibrato-free tone and judicious use of silence make clear his ongoing debt to Miles.

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