Jeremy Pelt
Griot: This is Important!
HighNote, 2021

July 7, 2021

The latest album by the American trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is titled Griot: This is Important!

The record explores the African tradition of the griot, a storyteller who collects stories, memories and anecdotes in the form of an oral story. Pelt resumes it by interviewing jazz musicians of the older generation (players such as Paul West, Larry Willis, JD Allen, Hrold Mabern) making a real journey through time and space. Each story is followed by a tune written by Pelt and performed by a group featuring Chien Chien Lu on vibes, Victor Gould on piano, Vicente Archer on double bass, Allan Mednard on drums, Ismel Wignall on percussion and Brandee Younger on harp.

The music (as always in Pelt’s case) moves in the fields of contemporary jazz with taste. In the case of this album, the rhythm section is in the foreground with Mednard’s drums enriched by Wignall’s percussion (“Wherever You Are ” and“ Underdog”).
Don’t miss the Monkian “Don’t Dog the Source ” and consider one of the best moments of the album is the inspired ballad “A Seat at the Table”.

Griot: This is Important! is an original album in its construction, interesting both for the testimonies it collects and for remembering how jazz is a culture based on oral tradition.




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