Jeremy Pelt has firmly established himself as one of the finest mainstream trumpeters in jazz, zigzagging among varied projects but retaining a strong identity. His latest recording, High Art (HighNote), is billed to the Power Quintet, a skilled combo that works within the tradition, summoning the spirit of classic 50s hard bop but adding a measured contemporary sheen. Joined by pianist and longtime colleague Danny Grissett, liquid-toned vibist Steve Nelson, redoubtable bassist Peter Washington, and casually versatile drummer Bill Stewart, Pelt complements the music’s brisk swing with his melodic fluidity and pure, plush tone.
There’s nothing about these sleek performances you haven’t heard before, but the combo brings impressive rhythmic buoyancy to the material—primarily originals by Pelt and Grissett, augmented by a Stewart composition, a Monk classic, and the standard “But Beautiful.” Below you can check out Pelt’s “Ascona.”
ICP Orchestra, Restless in Pieces (ICP)
Ralph Alessi, Quiver (ECM)
Jayhawks, Paging Mr. Proust (Sham/Thirty Tigers)
David Murray, Geri Allen, and Terri Lynne Carrington, Perfection (Motema)
Mary Halvorson Octet, A Way With You (Firehouse 12)