Kerry Politzer Trio. (Briefly Noted).
Kerry Politzer Trio. Watercolor. Polisonic 01, 2002.
On her second album, pianist Kerry Politzer strips things down,
foregoing vocals and limiting her accompaniment to drums and bass. As
always, her compositions are complex and impressive: "Sparks"
is something of a tone poem, in which melodic fragments dance upwards
through the air, propelled by a subtly beboppish rhythmic pattern;
"Watercolor" takes a similarly literal approach to its titular
theme, spreading its chordal washes broadly across the song's
structure; "Whim" is almost Thelonious Monkish in the
angularity of its central theme; "Woodpecker" is curiously
static, but "Silent Morning" finds Politzer turning to bebop
again in a style that sounds almost like a tribute to Bud Powell. Her
solos on the latter composition are particularly sharp, slyly evoking
everything from barrelhouse blues to the cool mathematics of Lenny
Tristano. All tracks on this album are original compositions, except for
her idiosyncratically impressionistic performance of "A Foggy
Day." At times one wishes Politzer would build mor e of a robust
groove, but there is no questioning her harmonic inventiveness or
compositional skill, nor her considerable instrumental chops.