Into the Blue is a blue ribbon event. Emmanuel Pahud is an award-winning classical flutist. Jacky Terrassson is an award-winning jazz pianist known for his playful inventiveness. Their duo CD, featuring jazz treatments of 14 classical melodies, was recorded in the south of France in late summer of 2001 but not released until June of 2003. On the surface, it recalls the popular '70s efforts of Claude Bolling and Jean-Pierre Rampal, but Terrasson & Co. are more adventurous. For example, they offer radical renderings of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and a reggae approach to Mozart. Piano students may recognize Debussy's "Jimbo's Lullaby" as referring to the lumbering of an elephant; here, it becomes meditative and nearly Oriental.
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)
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it. Not in this case! It seems that with every explanation, new questions arise exponentially! It's like the universe is constantly inviting (challenging) you to grow musically.