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Kerry Politzer: Below the Surface

Read "Below the Surface" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Kerry Politzer's relocation to Portland, Oregon seems to have given her music a boost. Always a fine mainstream artist, whether working the trio or quartet modes on Blue in Blue (Piloo Records, 2010) or Labyrinth (Palisonic Records, 2005), now her first “Portland disc," Below the Surface, finds her in a common quintet setting--trumpet/saxophone and rhythm section--making uncommonly modern sounds. Politzer has crafted a sound that goes much more into the groove than her previous outings did. The ...

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Kerry Politzer: Voice And Voicings

Read "Kerry Politzer: Voice And Voicings" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] Kerry Politzer is one of my favorite musicians, period. (Yeah, she's my wife, you gotta problem wit dat? No, I see the potential conflict of interest, but hey, it's all about who you know, right?) Seriously, Politzer is one of the most underrated musicians around. She has five amazing CDs to her name. She is a truly gifted jazz pianist and composer; however, ...

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Blue in Blue

Read "Blue in Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Two of the most enduring and popular ensemble set-ups in jazz are the piano trio--piano/bass/drums--and the piano trio, with a saxophone joining in. Pianist Kerry Politzer combines formats on Blue in Blue, with six tunes featuring her trio and four more with guest saxophonist Donny McCaslin.While You Took Me In (Polisonic Records, 2007) featured Politzer in a more pop-leaning mood, Blue in Blue finds her back in mainstream jazz land, sculpting a sound that mixes up piano influences ...

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Take Five With Kerry Politzer

Read "Take Five With Kerry Politzer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Kerry Politzer: I started out as a classical pianist, went over to jazz and Brazilian music, and am now exploring the world of vocals and lyrics. I've released three jazz albums: Yearning, Watercolor and Labyrinth; and one jazz-pop album, You Took Me In.Labyrinth was a finalist in the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards, and its first track, “Rhodes Rage," won Best Jazz Category, Third Prize in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.Instrument(s): Piano, vocals.Teachers ...

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Kerry Politzer: You Took Me In

Read "You Took Me In" reviewed by Virginia A. Schaefer

Following her three releases as a jazz pianist who composes much of her material, Kerry Politzer steps out as a singer-songwriter with You Took Me In. As well as performing all the vocals, she plays piano with the band, which consists entirely of jazz musicians. Although the turn from jazz piano to pop-oriented song may seem surprising, Politzer has actually been active as a singer-songwriter for several years, and has received awards in songwriting competitions. On the ...

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Over the past few years, New England Conservatory graduate Kerry Politzer has emerged as one of the more interesting younger composers on the New York jazz scene. She leads a modern jazz trio and a Brazilian repertoire quartet to showcase her compositions. Labyrinth is her third release since 1999 and it draws from the best of those intersecting worlds: modern jazz with a Brazilian undercurrent. It's all original, often multi-layered material. Politzer is joined on this session by ...

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The press release accompanying pianist/composer Kerry Politzer's third album professes her love of Brazilian music and straight-ahead jazz. We certainly hear some good examples of her approach to samba, but most of this album is squarely in the category of well developed mainstream jazz in a trio and quartet setting. Politzer is joined by Andrew Rathbun, dividing his time on tenor and soprano sax on half of this album, plus bassist Chris Higgins and drummer George Colligan. (Colligan is perhaps ...

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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, ...

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Kerry Politzer Quartet: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by John Kelman

For her third outing as a leader, pianist/composer Kerry Politzer ups the ante by working with a couple of players who, while not exactly household names, have some cachet in the New York community. Chris Higgins, a lithe bassist with a tone not unlike Dave Holland's, may be as relatively unknown as Politzer, but saxophonist Andrew Rathburn has been establishing a reputation on a number of superb records for Spain's Fresh Sound New Talent label--both as a writer of cerebral ...

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Kerry Politzer: Watercolor

Read "Watercolor" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point : Classy jazz trio music.

Watercolor features a happy coincidence between title and content. According to the Tallahassee Watercolor Society , the “fleeting effects of nature" are best captured through watercolor's “inherent luminosity" and “capacity for rapid execution." The Jazzification of Classical aesthetics one finds in this oeuvre is conceived from conceptual and technical akin views and practices present in both the histories of jazz and watercolor, and well represented herein. A quick ...

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Kerry Politzer: Yearning

Read "Yearning" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point: Deserving jazz with a Brazilian unction.

Yearning is appropriately entitled and represented through the hands and intellect of Kerry Politzer. A yen to get down and just play –that is what she seems to be all about. One cannot be misled by the maternally peaceful and tender countenance offered in the cover as visual representation of her craft. She is a fiery player, even when the flames are tamed by early musical ...

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Kerry Politzer: Yearning

Read "Yearning" reviewed by Dave Nathan

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Kerry Politizer has selected her own compositions for the play list for her debut album. Many of the tunes have a Brazilian bent to them which the quartet feels right at home with. The major players on this set with Politzer, are reed player Eric Rasmussen and strong guitarist, Pete Smith. It's clear that Politzer understands that it is sometimes better to get in and say what you have to say quickly and ...