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What it is, is hot jazz. With guest Mino Cinelu lending a dynamic pulse, pianist Jacky Terrasson has created a session that (1) reminds us why he won the 1993 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and (2) offers proof that his internship with Betty Carter helped him develop and sharpen these creative skills. Terrasson’s powerful piano artistry makes this an exciting album. The fact that seven are his compositions underscores the originality of the pianist’s music. Audio samples from the album are available at http://www.bluenote.com . Equally important to the jazz enthusiast are schedules indicating where Terrasson can be heard in person; those are also available on the ‘net at http://home.earthlink.net/~terrasson/ .
With Mino Cinelu on congas and Ugonna Okegwo running the acoustic bass, Terrasson tears up the house on "What’s Wrong With You!" It’s high-powered energy that will grab you and hold on. The liner notes call it hyperactive. Blue Note’s web site offers a representative sample of this one. Similarly, the contrast that Terrasson presents with ballads such as "Little Red Ribbon" allows one to appreciate the artist’s lyrical approach. Michael Brecker’s two guest appearances and one vocal track ("Better World" in Spanish from female vocalist Xiomara Laugart) add variety to the session. The album ends with a creative arrangement of Ravel’s "Bolero." Rick Centalonza provides the familiar flute and oboe melodies while Terrasson and Cinelu stretch out. Acoustic and electric piano choruses provide contrasting segments, while Cinelu’s exotic drum collection adds a wide variety of percussive energy. Terrasson’s What It Is is quite creative, right out of jazz’s mainstream, and a real winner. Highly Recommended.
Title: What It Is
| Year Released: 1999
| Record Label: Concord Jazz
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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