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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth Pianist/composer Kerry Politzer's third CD as a leader, Labyrinth, is described as a set of "Brazilian and jazz" originals. For this listener, the word "Brazilian" evokes lilting rhythms and gentle melodies, but the disc's opener, "Rhodes Rage," a fast samba, has more rage than gentleness. The tune proves itself a high-octane cooker, featuring Andrew Rathbun on tenor saxophone playing with some fiery swing. Politzer's solo—an extension of her sharp-edged opening—is an intricate, propulsive, percussive interlude, beautiful in an in-your-face fashion, backed by assertive rhythms from bassist Chris Higgins and drummer George Colligan.

"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 melody—albeit with some angles and perhaps a few dark undertones—while 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.

Visit Kerry Politzer on the web.


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.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Polisonic | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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