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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror Pianist Jacky Terrasson has been on a recording hiatus since his 2003 set Smile (Blue Note), but he's back and swinging with this, his first solo outing, revealingly rich in tempos and colors. Terrasson has an ample supply of virile dynamics that can skillfully dip and slide into all sorts of places and moods. It happens here right off with the opener, the Ellington/Mills/Razaf classic, "Caravan. What begins as a turbulent desert windstorm segues into a swaying night journey with a touch of things that go bump in the night. It's an attention-getter for sure. It's no surprise that Terrasson, who likes to take liberties with harmony and rhythm, cites Lennie Tristano among chance-takers he admires.

The set is a mix of standards such as a dissonant "Just A Gigolo unlike any other version, plus five tunes of Terrasson's own. Among the latter "Tragic Mulatto Blues is as eloquent a statement as a lyric-less piece can be, with a call-and-response that makes for riveting listening. Terrasson's classical training is evident here and one can't help hoping this will serve as the basis for a larger work in the future. Clearly he has things to say and the skill with which to express them with his own music, as well as when he depth-charges "Everything Happens to Me. Exuberant, playful, emotional and more, it's good to have him back.


Track Listing: Caravan; Juvenile; Just A Gigolo; You've Got A Friend; Little Red Ribbon; Tragic Mulatto Blues; America the Beautiful; Cherokee; Everything Happens to Me; Mirror; Go Round.

Personnel: Jacky Terrasson: piano.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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