• Ingrid Hertfelder
  • Jeremy Pelt

Over the last five years trumpeter Jeremy Pelt led one of my favorite mainstream groups in all of jazz, a sleek quintet clearly modeled on the powerful Miles Davis-led five-piece from the 60s with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. Over the course of four stellar albums released between 2008 and last year, Pelt maintained the same strong lineup and honed an increasingly heightened group rapport. These days it’s very hard for a jazz musicians to keep a group like that together, especially when each member of your band—saxophonist J.D. Allen, bassist Dwayne Burno, pianist Danny Grissett, and drummer Gerald Cleaver—is a bandleader in his own right, and the economy of the jazz world demands that most musicians play in many different bands. So I wasn’t surprised when that particular lineup reached its end last year.