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"His original compositions flow from jazzs straight-ahead tradition. His sextet is keeping the flame alive through solid teamwork and gentle exploration. Their blend treats each instrumental voice equally, but highlights the drummer just a little more than the others. And why not? Ralph Peterson does a superb job of knitting them into one well-composed unit.
Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt hails from Los Angeles. After graduating from Bostons Berklee College of Music in 1998, he moved to New York and has paid his dues with several mainstream organizations. Now, his recording debut offers a larger audience the opportunity to hear this rising star. With his clarion tone and persuasive technique, Pelt rides a creative wave of straight-ahead dreams. Ballads and up-tempo romps take on his personal attitude. Passion and energy build his performance. Undoubtedly, Miles and Freddie and Chet and Booker and Lee came from the same roots as young Jeremy Pelt. Its all from the heart. On top of that, hes surrounded himself with a winning team. This years top ten list wouldn't be complete without Profile. Tune in as soon as you can."
—Jim Santella (All About Jazz)
"Pelt, has much of the earthy, unkempt quality of the earliest jazz trumpeters..." ´
—John Fordham (The Guardian newspaper, UK)
"There's a mountain of potential to be found in trumpeter Jeremy Pelt..."
—Zan Stewart (Down Beat, March 2002)
"The hot new trumpeter has musical personality that fits his instrument: intrepid, convincing, resolute. The modern hard bop that crackles throughout his new debut disc has the kind of vehemence and clarity that make people turn their heads."
—Macnie (Village Voice, Feb 2002)
"As for the front line, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is already making a name for himself with a tart and expressive approach that mixes vocal qualities from the New Orleans tradition with a modern bent."
—Chris Hovan (All About Jazz)
"Pelt, in particular, is an exceptionally forthright and able trumpeter, whose absorption of Booker Little's music has resulted in a beautifully sonorous delivery: he can play quietly with fine authority, too."
—Richard Cook (BBC Music Magazine, Jan 2002)
"Jeremy Pelt, who has had the most professional experience of the four... grasped the rhetoric of performance, the realm beyond instrumental technique... He pulled out the pathos in the song, making a more personalized art than had been heard up to that point."
—Ben Ratliff, New York Times, Nov 2001
"This is a fine debut recording from a young man who is already an in-demand talent on todays jazz scene, and another fine recording from the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Whether or not Pelt becomes one of the great trumpeters in the history of jazz remains to be seen. Im just waiting for his next CD."
—Greg Turner (Jazz Review)
"Strange Fruit" is taken as a slow New Orleans March, a "St. Vincent's Infirmary" as a drum march. Jeremy Pelt's trumpet echoes Satchmo and King Oliver, screaming with Marie as she sings of the "smell of burning flesh." Beautifully done and worth the purchase price of the whole disc if for nothing else. This disc is a worthy follow-up to her debut and proves Ms. Marie one of the great high-wire acts in jazz today."
—C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"Jeremy Pelt makes his debut as a leader with Profile, a nearly all-original outing that features Robert Glasper on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene also plays on all but two tracks, while altoist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Mike Moreno lend their talents on one tune apiece. In addition to his formidable trumpet chops, Pelt displays a mature and engaging compositional voice. On "Pieces of a Dream" and the bright bossa "We Share a Moon," he builds forms around unexpected rhythmic contours, pushing himself and the band well beyond the safe zone. He also gets tremendous results by leaving the groove loose, as on the opening "Aesop's Fables" and the longest piece, "Jigsaw." The latter comes to a rolling boil when Glasper, one of jazz's most promising young pianists, lays out and yields the floor to Greene's hell-raising tenor. But Pelt has a cooler, melodic side as well; he brings it out on "A Song for You" and the closing quartet ballad, "You Won't Forget Me." Cannon and Peterson, the session's veterans, provide a robust rhythmic engine without overshadowing Pelt's precocious musicianship."
—David R. Adler (All Music Guide)
"Este es el disco de presentación de Jeremy Pelt, pero no hay nada de bisoño en él sino una aplastante sensación de estar ante un músico en pleno dominio de sus facultades como instrumentalistas, compositor y líder. Pelt no esconde sino que al contrario revela placenteramente las lecciones tomadas de Freddie Hubbard y Miles Davis en un toque que una el bravado de un músico joven con el control de uno perito. El trompetista se mantiene sereno, perfilando sus líneas con precisión extrema en medio torbellino creado por un Ralph Peterson capaz de construir complejísimas frases a base de divisiones y subdivisiones rítmicas y el apasionado tenor de Jimmy Greene. La seriedad del intento de Pelt es palpable en un grupo de composiciones derivadas de los modelos que quinteto de Davis de los 60 y que abrazan directamente complejidades formales, muy notable en Jigsaw. Tan aplaudible es el recato chetbakeriano con que reviste su toque de excelentemente medidas frases en You Wont Forget Me. La dedicación y entrega de la banda, bien ensayada y mejor conjuntada, resulta en todo los temas sobresaliente. El debut del 2002."
—Ángel Gómez Aparicio, Más Jazz (**** 4/5)
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