Kerry Politzer: Waiting




Kerry Politzer (piano)


Watercolor (Polisonic 01)

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Kerry Politzer (piano),

Don Fabricatore (bass), Scott McLemore (drums)


Composed by Kerry Politzer


Recorded: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, New York, April 1, 2001


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The piano is both a percussion instrument and (if you peer into its innards) a string instrument. This duality has led to two divergent paradigms for jazz pianists: they can be percussive and biting like Monk, Ellington, Moran, Nichols (to cite just a few examples), or floating and flowing like Evans, Jamal, Mehldau, Jarrett. Politzer hasn't yet made up her mind which of the two she prefers, and now she is branching off into singing as well. But whichever path this musician selects, she is likely to master it. "Waiting" shows off the floating and flowing side of her artistry and is a fully realized work, capturing a pensive, rainy-day mood and sustaining it throughout the melody and solos. Politzer's playing is very fresh, without the hand-worn licks that so many other musicians string together and call an improvisation. She deserves a chance to record for a bigger label and on a larger stage.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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