Jeremy Pelt’s horn sounds like a voice. It is as if it instantly translates what he wants to say and what he feels — how he feels, and wants you to feel. It is very much like an extension of artistic heart and soul.
The musical disciplines are from two artistic music genres. His earliest studies were classical music, switching to jazz in his teens. The technical brilliance blends seamlessly and has fostered a unique sound.
Nat Hentoff has described Pelt this way: “It is the beat of Jeremy Pelt’s heart that underscores the future of jazz.” And “lyrically emotive” are words of Ralph Miriello in Notes on Jazz.
It always seems to come back to the music being lyrical, like that of a voice. It’s as immediate. It’s as vulnerable, as valid, and as present.