Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth (2005)
"Paloma" goes in a gentler, subtler direction, with a strong undercurrent of the opener's energy. Rathbun plays soprano here, and Politzer's comping behind him is nicely busy, telepathic and joyously emphatic; this type of interplay is what makes the sound so compelling. "The End?", an introspective ballad that slows the momentum, features just the trio; Politzer is in a lusher mood and a more flowing frame of mind. On "Hya" Rathbun steps back in on soprano, and this tune does have a lilting, relaxed feeling; however, "After the Smoke, Memories" delves into darker emotions elicited by the tragic events of 9/11.
The pianist lightens the mood with "Propulsion," which has a bouncing rhythm and bright melodyalbeit with some angles and perhaps a few dark undertoneswhile the title tune navigates its "labyrinthine" changes with an optimistic verve, featuring a prickly solo by Politzer.
Fine Brazilian/straight-ahead music by an emerging star.
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Track Listing: Rhodes Rage; Paloma; The End?; Hya; After the Smoke The Memories; Propulsion; Labyrinth; Falling through the Cracks; Super Ball; And Away We Go...
Personnel: Kerry Politzer: piano; Andrew Rathbun: soprano and tenor saxophones; Chris Higgins: bass; George Colligan: drums.
Record Label: Polisonic