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On Face Forward, Jeremy, the follow-up to 2013’s Water and Earth, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt continues to update '70s fusion. The short opener, “Higby Part 1,” brings to mind Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, but Pelt’s echoing horn, Chris Smith’s acoustic bass, and David Bryant’s piano create their own space and vibe. “Stars Are Free,” written by bassist Gavin Fallow, starts with programmed beats before Dana Hawkins’ drumming and Smith’s electric bass step in to steer the band. It’s a moody piece with pleasingly melodic trumpet. “Rastros” finds vocalist Fabiana Masili intoning in Portuguese as she’s accompanied by a spare arrangement for piano, cello, and harp. Roxy Coss contributes a succinct soprano sax solo, and Pelt follows with a muted trumpet statement. Pelt spins out a compelling solo on “In My Grandfather’s Words,” where Bryant shines on Fender Rhodes. “The Secret Code” features Hawkins’ unusual stickwork, which energetically inflects the track’s dark atmosphere. “Verse” closes the album on a strong, quiet note. Guest singer Milton Suggs appears more than halfway into the track, and his voice rivets.

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Big fan. But, objectively, this is project is great.


A fresh interpretation of bliss!

Face Forward, Jeremy

Pure Jazz! Kick back relax and listen to the groove. Enjoy the journey.


Born: September 4, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is a firebrand jazz artist in the tradition of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Born on November 4, 1976 in Southern California, Pelt first began playing the trumpet in elementary school, focusing on classical studies. However, it was not until joining his high school jazz band that he became strongly interested in changing directions and pursuing jazz full-time. This led to studying jazz improvisation and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned his...
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Face Forward, Jeremy, Jeremy Pelt
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 21, 2014

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