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Julian Waterfall Pollack

At the age of twenty-one, New York Pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack has the jazz community abuzz with his mature, technically ferocious, and dynamic piano playing. A classically trained pianist, Pollack has unleashed into the world a singular blend of music that combines his love for today’s popular music styles and a respect for the classical tradition.

On his aptly-titled debut recording, Goin’ For It (Jazzschool Records, 2006) San Jose Mercury News critic Andrew Gilbert writes: “Pollack may have started Goin’ For It as a student, but with the completion of his first album, he has earned the right to teach some lessons of his own.” The opening tracks “Take Me Outside” and “Valeria” may well be a contrast in style, but they are more clearly an indication of his compositional breadth. His “re-imagining the jazz standard” repertory include a new melodic and rhythmic structure in the pop music idiom of Miles Davis’ “Four,” and a re-harmonization of John Coltrane’s famously complex “Giant Steps.” After the release of Goin’ For It, JAZZIZ Magazine selected the high-octane original, “Take Me Outside,” to be on its monthly CD series, JAZZIZ On Disc (October 2006). In late 2007, Pollack released his first solo piano album, Solitude, on Junebeat Records.

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