by Jacky TerrassonJacky Terrasson


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Jacky Terrasson's 11th CD and first for the Concord label is a lively affair, mostly in a trio setting with special guests spotted in, that addresses various avenues of contemporary jazz styles. Pop and Afro-Cuban or even South African flavors are sprinkled in with the technically challenging bop that the pianist excels in. Thelonious Monk Award-winning bassist from Michigan State University Ben Williams is in on this one, as well as cameo appearances from Gregoire Maret on harmonica and saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart amidst Terrasson's acoustic piano, occasional electric keyboards, and some vocalizing. Echoes of Keith Jarrett, Frank Emilio Flynn, or Abdullah Ibrahim creep in as the gifted and oftentimes brilliant Terrasson bobs and weaves through this set of originals and highly modified versions of familiar tunes. A blurring fast "Beat Bop" hopped up with synthesizer accents, the contemporary "O Cafe, O Soleil" with Cyro Baptista's percussion work and handclapping reveling in the Capetown joy of Ibrahim, and the deliberate modal soul-funk of "Morning" all showcase vastly different interests for Terrasson. The pleasant pop trio jazz of "Gaux Girl" recalls Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl," while the combination of Jackson's "Beat It" with the revered standard "Body and Soul" might seem odd until you hear Terrasson's free jazz tinkling to rubato and modal ideas, a thoroughly contemporary development, even adding a waltz tempo. There are stock or straight-laced versions of "'Round Midnight" and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" that in this collection sound unusually common, but are played with a high degree of artistry and prowess. Push is one of Terrasson's most enjoyable and diverse recordings, a fine display of how he has both grown apart from what might be musically fashionable and matured exponentially.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072316409
catalogNumber: 31640

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacky Terrasson   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Jacques Schwarz-Bart   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Jamire Williams   Drums
Matthew Stevens   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ben Williams   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacky Terrasson   Composer,Producer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Chris Allen   Engineer

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