Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Innovation at Full Pelt; Jeremy Pelt Quartet Ronnie Scott's Club JAZZ

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Innovation at Full Pelt; Jeremy Pelt Quartet Ronnie Scott's Club JAZZ

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Byline: JACK MASSARIK

"OKAY, howy'all doin?" asked Jeremy Pelt, who at 28 now fronts his quartet like a veteran. "I'll innerduce the band right away so's we can cut to the music." Some eyebrows rose at this point, because that music had moved some way since his previous visit, only last August. One should not expect an evening of unadulterated Blue Note trumpet, with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard uppermost, from Pelt this week.

That style, though lustrous enough to win him two rising-star polls in the US, could be on the way out.

The ambitious young Californian sounds ready for an update.

His trumpet and rhythm-section instrumentation was unchanged, but the sound was different. Frank Locrasto, first heard here with guitar legend Pat Martino, is the new pianist, and his spidery style, busy yet leisurely, gave each number a serene feel. The material, all from Pelt's forthcoming MaxJazz album, Identity, was recent and not readily accessible.

Themes such as Reinvention - "We call it that because it starts in one tempo and ends in another" - were full of unexpected turns and harmonic intervals. …

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