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Monty Q Pollard – All In My Head

May 7, 2019

With the cool softness of a crisp Caribbean or Brazilian breeze, keyboardist/pianist/producer Monty Q Pollard makes a grand entrance into the world of eclectic jazz and World music with his smooth and easy debut album All In My Head. The CD embraces a great deal of diversity and moods as he delves into everything from smooth c-jazz to Latin funk grooves to bossa jazz to soul jazz to fusion vibes. It’s all here, tied together neatly and completely as a statement on the majesty and seductive nature of good quality, grown folks music.

I had the pleasure of meeting the laid-back, charismatic Pollard during a rehearsal session a day before he performed as part of the backup band for saxophonist Paula Atherton and trumpeter Willie Bradley at a Delaware jazz concert (a very polished concert, by the way). Watching his command of the ivories was riveting, as his fingers danced across the keyboard with grace, authority, and fluidity. You can feel the silky delivery so easily on this album.

Pollard delivers class on such tracks as “Stasis,” the lead track that folds in a suave combination of Latin jazz and jazz fusion, some island-flavored bossa-tinged jazz (complete with the opening sound effect of ocean waves), the finger-snappin’ cool of a c-jazz gem called “Inspire Me,” a snappy, movin’ Latin piece titled “Movimiento Afro Latino,” a pair of the jazz/soul-laced goodies –“Old School Groove” driven by a well-defined bass line and a brilliant cover of the Robert Glasper Experiment’s “Gonna Be Alright,” and many more. You’ll find an abundance of reasons to take full notice of this project as the pianist/keyboardist proves here that he has more than enough oomph to entice one to let him inside his or her head and soul.

One classy piece of art for your musical library. You really have to love these indie artists when they put it all together in such a rich fashion. Listen. – Ronald Jackson