Take This

Take This

by Jacky TerrassonJacky Terrasson


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Pianist Jacky Terrasson's Impulse! Records debut, 2015's Take This, is a sophisticated showcase for his virtuoso jazz chops and eclectic musical taste. Following up his 2012 effort, Gouache, Take This finds Terrasson investigating a mix of originals and unexpected covers, many of which are infused with a strong African and Cuban rhythmic influence. Supplying much of this rhythmic intensity is Terrasson's adventurous outfit featuring bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Lukmil Perez, and Malian percussionist Adama Diarra. Together, this group is responsible for many of the album's brightest moments, with updates of such classic jazz piano numbers as Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco," and Miles Davis' "Blue and Green," to name a few. Also collaborating with Terrasson here is French vocalist/beatboxer Sly Johnson. A soulful, gifted singer with a bent toward throaty R&B, Johnson broke through in Paris as a member of the hip-hop act Saian Supa Crew, as well as performing with established jazz artists such as trumpeter Erik Truffaz. Here, he lends his vocals, as well as his unique human beatbox technique, to several tracks, often blending his various vocal pops and ticks into the rhythm section just as any percussionist might do. It's a nifty concept that works best when Johnson is out-front on cuts like the opening "Kiff" and an inspired duo reworking of the Beatles' "Come Together," where Johnson brings to mind the similarly inclined rhythmic vocal jazz of Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau. Elsewhere, Terrasson and his pan-global ensemble deliver engaging takes on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," the Paul Desmond-penned Dave Brubeck classic "Take Five," and a buoyant rendition Henri Salvador's Caribbean-infused "Maladie D'Amour."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602547127488
catalogNumber: 002246002
Rank: 118276

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacky Terrasson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Human Beatbox,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Sly Johnson   Vocals,Human Beatbox
Lukmil Pérez   Drums
Adama Diarra   Percussion
Burniss Travis   Electric Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Paul Desmond   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Jacky Terrasson   Composer
Dan Ouellette   Liner Notes
Philippe Gaillot   Engineer
Farida Bachir   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Henri Salvador   Composer
Philippe Levy-Stab   Cover Photo
Walter De Backer   Composer
Jean Marcland   Composer
Leona Grabiel   Composer

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