Monday, February 18, 2013

Marsalis Vibes; New Pelt Ensemble - Bob Stewart

Fresh from touring with acclaimed banjoist Bela Fleck and pianist Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis returns to his role as band leader and vibraphonist extraordinaire on "A World of Mallets." The youngest member of the Marsalis family has an established reputation a one of today's most talented jazz percussionists. As the All Music Guide says, "Just as his drumming is steeped in both modern and New Orleans rhythmic styles, his vibes playing draws on the rich tradition of that instrument... with commendably ardent swing." The new disc boasts a marvelous collection of intriguing instrumentals centered around his lush vibes stylings.

For most jazz trumpeters today, it must be difficult to walk the tightrope stretched between the pits of history and progress, but Jeremy Pelt has been doing it with ease. From his first professional gig with the Mingus Big Band through his 10 CDs as a leader, Pelt has maintained remarkable forward momentum. Today, at the peak of his powers, his bands have been lauded for their intense interplay which calls to mind Miles, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams. It is the spirit of the 1969-70 Miles Davis that is conjured with Jeremy's latest ensemble and newest recording, "Water and Earth."

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