Ignasi Terraza Trio: ...Live at the Living Room, Bangkok (2011)

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Ignasi Terraza Trio: ...Live at the Living Room, Bangkok
Pianist Ignasi Terraza has led trios and quartets for twenty years, collaborating with Spain's finest jazz musicians along the way. He's also played with saxophone legends Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards
1924 - 2003
sax, tenor
, Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
b.1926
saxophone
and Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor
, singer Stacey Kent
Stacey Kent
Stacey Kent
b.1968
vocalist
, and trumpeter Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis
b.1953
trumpet
. ...Live at the Living Room, Bangkok documents his trio, over two nights in the Thai capital, and shows just why Terraza has been first-call pianist for top jazz musicians visiting Barcelona. This nicely varied set includes standards, calypso, bossa nova, blues, five Terraza originals and the pianist's arrangements of two Catalan folk songs.

Terraza is unashamedly old-school in his conception, influenced by pianist Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
1925 - 2007
piano
's graceful virtuosity, Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
1931 - 1971
piano
's blues, and—arguably most of all—by Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
b.1930
piano
's sense of space and dynamics. However, as this wonderful set demonstrates, Terraza is never imitative, personalizing a well-worn standard like Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
's "Corcovado," whose intro he and bassist Pierre Boussaguet imbue with a classical air, the pianist's two-handed dialogue captivating. Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes
Vinicius De Moraes
Vinicius De Moraes
1913 - 1980
guitar
's "Chega de Saudade" is also dressed in new robes, with a classical lining and swinging four-four time makeover. Terraza balances brilliant technique with a deft touch and an unerringly strong, melodic center.

"An Emotional Dance" is an invigorating example of Terraza's compositional flair, and his ability to solo at breathtaking speed without abandoning the song's melody. Boussaguet and drummer Esteve Pi are seasoned players and provide great support throughout. Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
1899 - 1981
piano
and Stuart Gorrell's "Georgia on My Mind" begins with a delicate piano intro and Pi's brushes. Boussaguet provides leisurely counterpoint to Terraza's soulful playing until the half-way point, when Terraza takes the tune onto another plane by unleashing dizzyingly fast and swirling runs over strong left-hand jangling. The fast-paced workout of "Oscar's Will" draws from stride and ragtime as much as bop. The tuneful "Give Me Another" underlines that Terraza doesn't have to go at a gallop to impress.

Terraza makes a very Jamal-influenced trio arrangement of "Les dotze van tocant," a Catalan Christmas carol. Terraza has borrowed from Catalan folk before, with guitarist Miguel Llobet}}'s "El Noi de la Mar" given a jazzy yuletide treatment on Christmas Swings in Barcelona (K Industria, 2003), and he's clearly at home in this terrain. Catalan composer Federico Mompou's lovely "Canco num. 6" veers between softly voiced lyricism and vibrant trio interplay. The other Terraza originals include the dancing "Waltz for Auro," with a walking bass and ride cymbal at full tilt, and a calypso of irresistible rhythm and melodic charm, "Under the Sun." Boussaguet's impressive "Motherland," however, carries more dramatic ebb and flow, with Terraza's breathtaking virtuosity once again on show.

Former Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
bassist John Clayton Jr.'s "Blues for Stephanie" puts a bouncing seal on an excellent set. Five minutes of audio liner notes bear the visually impaired in mind, and run in Spanish, Catalan, English and Thai. It's a nice touch, and symbolic of the inclusive, all-encompassing outlook that Terraza brings to his music. His jazz may be firmly rooted in the tradition, but it contains a whole world of vibrant colors

Track Listing: An Emotional Dance; Les dotze van tocant; Georgia on my Mind; Give Me Another; Motherland; Waltz for Auro; Corcovado; Under the Sun; Oscar's Will; Canco num. 6; Chega de Saudade; Blues for Stephanie; audio liner notes.

Personnel: Ignasi Terraza: piano; Pierre Boussaguet: bass; Esteve Pi: drums.

Record Label: Swit Records


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