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Push by Jacky Terrasson

Pianist Jacky Terrasson is a painter on the keyboard, and this can be heard in the jazz portraits created in his new release Push. Since the early nineties, European born Terrasson has been lauded as a bright new star. His eponymous debut on Blue Note in 1995 predicted a successful career in the United States and worldwide.

From the beginning, Terrasson has displayed power, passion and creativity to spare. As well, he is a talented arranger, as witnessed by his unique take on well-known tunes. His flawless technique has always been a given. Thelonious Monk is heard in his jagged atonality and greats such as Bill Evans and Miles Davis are apparent in his approach.

With ten distinguished CDs under his belt, Terrasson currently travels tirelessly with his trio across the world. Here, he records with these invaluable regulars, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jamire Williams. A handful of guests appear on various tracks, a mixture of standards and Terrasson originals.

We see his Picasso-like sensibility in his mash-up of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it" with the classic “Body and Soul,” in the way he structures parts to reveal new insights. In Monk’s “Ruby My Dear,” Terrason shows an impressionist’s hand with an ethereal treatment, which features his interplay with Gregoire Maret’s harmonica.

He lets loose on “Beat Bop,” beginning like a whirlwind, fingers dancing on keys to a fervid bass background. He concludes with a joyous shout at the end, reveling in the splashes of color from his palette. He also has an expressionistic take on the Cole Porter classic, “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” lovingly re-inventing the melody, again accompanied by a beautiful bass solo.

The album's “piece de resistance” is the original “O Café, O Soleil” with its effusive Carnivale spirit – calypso rhythm beaten out on wood blocks with his atonal piano in a festive mood.

The entire recording is a museum in which to appreciate Terrasson’s work.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jacky Terrasson
  • CD Title: Push
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Concord Music Group
  • Rating: Five Stars
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