Policard at Arturo Sandoval
unfamiliar territory and pushing
relentlessly his limit
Miami Beach, August 4, 2007
of tuneful, cooking combos got plenty for
their ears last Saturday (08/04/07) when
Haitian born pianist, Reginald Policard
(RP), stepped on the stage of the Arturo
Sandoval Jazz Club, housed in the Deauville
Hotel in Miami Beach. The pianist and his
quintet delighted the audience with two
two-hours-set of music, made up of pieces
excerpted from his large repertoire. Some
tunes from "Detour" his latest album and
a couple of traditional songs constituted
the essence of the night.
The "Detour" seemed definitely on its way
in RP's career. Indeed, he played one of
his new compositions entitled "fascination"
and one can deeply feel this new direction,
this determination to sail towards new horizons.
The piece is really jazzy (bebop) enlivened
with a twist of Policard's approach. We
have to mention the dazzling horn section:
Jean Caze and David Fernandez who fine-tuned
their support from the beginning to the
end. Tenor saxophonist Fernandez and Trumpeter
Caze dug into RP's pieces like bulldogs
with T-bones. The result was a series of
beautiful solos that brought specific colors
to the night. Andrew Atkinson and Samy Figueroa
worked the rhythm section very well and
the latter introduced the pianist with respect
I have also to mention some concerns about
Andrew Atkinson, who played so loudly that,
at certain moments, the audience could barely
hear the piano. Was this a sound problem?
I may never have an answer to this legitimate
question. I also deplored the fact that
at some very crucial moments of this concert,
the audience was more into its loud talking
than really listening to the music; especially
when Dion Kerr (upright bass) ventured in
subtle dialogues with Reginald as a preamble
to his new piece "Fascination". It was annoying
not to be able to listen to these chords
he was subtly hammering in response to Dion's
introduction. By the way, Dion was the youngest
player on stage and according to Reginald
he drinks milk at rehearsal: a joke that
help the pianist build complicity with the
audience. Richard Barbot (electric bass)
flew especially for the occasion and played
also a couple of tunes. Reginald also introduced
his son Jeff, who played the synthesizer
and sang the only vocal piece of the night
"chak Jès" excerpted from the album "Ki
sa nou ye?"
With this latest recital on the Arturo Jazz
Club's stages, Reginald is positioning himself
as an intense and resilient player with
a performance that twinkled with the stars.
The best seems to be still ahead…Chapeau!
Alphonse Piard, Jr.
August 4, 2007