Over the course of only four albums as a leader, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has proven himself to be not only a strong modern jazz player but also a perpetually evolving musical force. He currently maintains three different bands (Creation, Noise and his quartet) using varying instrumentations including vibes, Rhodes, trumpet effects, bass clarinet and other reeds. Between these groups, he keeps busy workshopping his unique sonic sketches and compositions to great acclaim. His newest album, Identity, finds his group achieving a heightened level of interplay with Frank LoCrasto on piano, Rhodes and other keyboards, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric McPherson and vibist Warren Wolf.
In this feature, Pelt talks about his experiences in the studio, the dynamic of his band, how he composes, which Miles Davis recording got him into jazz (it's not Kind of Blue) and what kinds of sounds influence his music today.
Listen to: a Jeremy Pelt feature.