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Jacky Terrasson: Push (2010)

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Jacky Terrasson: Push Track review of "Ruby My Dear"

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There's no lack of variety on pianist Jacky Terrasson
Jacky Terrasson
Jacky Terrasson
b.1966
piano
's debut for Concord Records. With his trio and special guests, Terrasson generates a multihued program, featuring jazz-funk, spunky bop and cleverly envisioned ballads, such as Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's timeless classic, "Ruby My Dear."

On this piece, Terrasson and harmonica ace Gregoire Maret
Gregoire Maret
Gregoire Maret
b.1975
harmonica
share the lead via sweet-toned passages and a capacious backdrop that elicits imagery of a sultry breeze. The soloists caress and rephrase the familiar theme into a gradually ascending balladry, seasoned with subtly enacted choruses and animated voicings. During the bridge, Maret surges in linear fashion amid lushly phrased high-notes, complemented by the pianist's lyrically resplendent block chords. The band also initiates a few minor variations of the composition's inherent structural elements. With "Ruby My Dear," Terrasson spins an impressionistic and nouveau vista on a beloved jazz standard.

Personnel: Jacky Terrasson: piano, keyboards, vocals; Ben Williams: bass; Jamire Williams: drums; Gregoire Maret: harmonica (3, 8); Jacques Schwarz-Bart: tenor saxophone (6); Matthew Stevens: guitar (8); Cyro Baptista: percussion (8, 10, 11).

Record Label: Concord Music Group


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