Jeremy Pelt's exponential growth as an artist continues with Tales, Musings and other Reveries
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
An all star band sits in with Pelt as his artistic soul is laid bare in arguably his finest release yet. Somewhat of a newcomer, pianist Simona Premazzi masterfully guides a rhythm section including bassist Ben Allison and drummers Victor Lewis and Billy Drummond. The end result of this release is an organic heartbeat and harmonic exploration of just how far one can push melody and rhythm while maintaining the synergy of the more traditional working band sound.
An introspective and some conceptual release finds stellar tunes such as "Rumination on Eric Garner" and the ballad "I Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her" as highly emotive works that carefully avoid the pretentious pitfalls the several of Pelt's contemporaries seem to find with ease. The Wayne Shorter composition "Vonetta" is pure passion, sublime in both presentation and execution.
A rare recording where everyone is singing from the same page of the harmonic hymnal. Jeremy Pelt can be compared to fine wine, it just keeps getting better with age.
Tracks: Glass Bead Games; Vonetta; Harlem Thoroughfare; Everything You Can Imagine Is Real; Ruminations On Eric Garner; I Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her; Nephthys; The Old Soul Of The Modern Day Warrior.