Emmanuel Pahud/Jacky Terrasson: Into the Blue (2003)
The CD's highlight, a brilliant reconstruction of "Bolero," obliterates all memory of the repetitious and plodding original with its joyous Latin groove and episodes of funk and Fender Rhodes. Jazz's favorite French Impressionists are included there's a gorgeous "Apres un Reve" and while Ravel's beloved "Pavane" remains serenely beautiful, it contains interludes of communal passion and straight trio jazz. Top bassist Sean Smith and drummer Ali Jackson provide subtle, turn-on-a-dime support, and if Pahud's improvisations are somewhat limited, his tone is beautiful and he can swing. "Into the Blue" contains beauty and surprise and flashes of wit, which is typical of anything Terrasson does. Organically floating on the third stream, this one will appeal to both classical and jazz fans.
Track Listing: Voliere, Pavane, Bolero, Apres un Reve, Spring, Summer, Autonmne, Winter, Jimbo's Lullaby, Marche Turque, Pays Lointain, Moto Perpetuo, Vol du Bourdon, Veloce
Personnel: Terrasson, Jacky (piano, Fender Rhodes), Pahud, Emmanuel (flute), Smith, Sean (bass), Jackson, Ali (drums)
Record Label: Blue Note Records