Jacky Terrasson: Smile (2003)
What a beautiful anthem “Mo Better Blues” has turned out to be! The pianist and his partners are equally at home with a lovely ballad as with the charged-up energy that carries from a standard bebop romp. But there’s nothing standard about the way Terrasson interprets a song. His “Smile” is in 5/4. “59” starts out in 5 and transitions to 9. He’s determined to see jazz grow. With ten years of improvising before an audience under his belt, the 37-year-old French-American artist continues to bring his own special something to the mainstream. Through and with Terrasson’s capable leadership, jazz will continue to grow freely in the New Year.
Track Listing: Parisian Thoroughfare; Mo Better Blues; Smile; Sous le Ciel de Paris; Isn
Personnel: Jacky Terrasson- piano; Sean Smith- acoustic bass; Eric Harland- drums; Remi Vignolo- electric bass on
Record Label: Blue Note Records