Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Bay Area native Michelle Pollace [poh-LAH-chi] honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Her performance highlights creative arrangements of jazz melodies set to alluring Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, as well as original compositions from Michelle’s critically acclaimed CD “New Beginning.” Michelle’s love of melody and affinity for well-structured compositions creates a classic sound, of which critic Mark Tucker of Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange writes, “I’m highly reminded of Ahmad Jamal’s ... and others’ old canons of work.” This melodic sensibility makes her music accessible to a wide audience.
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“Pollace has a strong commanding presence on New Beginning. Like a baker, she has
a way of gently whipping rhythms until they are cohesive and taut. Pollace is a
daring player whose music is dramatic and alive.” —Marc Myers, JazzWax
“There’s a defined sense of structure in Pollace’s work ... that makes her music both
accessible and exciting. Pollace’s music overflows with a strong artistic command, an
authentic connection to the source material, and an infectious sense of cool. From
every angle, there’s a feeling of support and commitment to a product that shines
with quality and integrity.” —Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner, Album of the Week
“Think ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ has been done to death yet? You couldn’t be
more wrong, ’cause Michelle Pollace kicks off New Beginning with a version that
interpolates Guaraldi and Brubeck, dancing the old standby through the county fair
in a spring dress of pastel colors and high spirits
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