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Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s forward-facing posture remains rooted in the broody urban dreamscapes that dominated his last release Water and Earth. But with stable personnel – the only newcomer is bassist Chris Smith, and he adds bite – this album oozes confidence from first track to last.

Pelt is heartfelt on ballads and fiery and fluent over Dana Hawkins’ contemporary chatter of beats, and both vocal tracks are equally strong. Haunting reverie “Rastros”, featuring vocalist Fabiana Masili with added cello and harp, delivers a highlight contrast.

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