CoM&L - episode 6 with Jeremy Pelt
In the overview atop Jeremy Pelt’s Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings entry, he is identified as a trumpeter “who plays with unabashed nostalgia for the great days of Blue Note.” Pelt, who just turned 41, began blowing a horn in elementary school, but jazz entered his repertoire during his high-school years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in professional music at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where his studies included film scoring and jazz improvisation. After graduating in 1998, he landed a spot in the prestigious Mingus Big Band, which keeps alive the musical legacy of jazz great Charles Mingus. Early in the new century Pelt lent his assured hard-bop/post-bop sound to the efforts of artists and ensembles including Black Jazz Art Collective, Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band, Sharp Nine Class of 2001, and Ralph Peterson (on whose 2002 album Pelt played trumpet and flugelhorn).
Pelt delivered his own debut album, Profile, in 2002—also with drummer Ralph Peterson, as well as with pianist Robert Glasper and bassist Gerald Cannon, among others. Perhaps as a result of Pelt’s college curriculum, some of his subsequent album titles echo or spin titles used for films: Close to My Heart (2003), Men of Honor (2010), The Talented Mr. Pelt (2011). In 2014 an independent feature film titled All the Beautiful Things arrived with an original score by Pelt. His produced work as a jazz composer stretches back at least to his start with the Black Jazz Art Collective. Some of Pelt’s recent recordings—Water and Earth; Face Forward, Jeremy; Tales, Musings, and Other Reveries—showcase his interest in electronic dance music, hip-hop, and the sort of fusion jazz pioneered by Miles Davis. Pelt is currently touring in support of his 2017 release, Make Noise! In an interview with The Pace Report, Pelt addressed the ways time has changed his approach to playing: “I’ve really … dug into the content of what I was playing … to be more emotive. … That’s where I’m at right now.”
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