Jacky Terrasson finds new routes into familiar compositions on these 1993 sessions for the Japanese Venus label. Well accompanied by bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Leon Parker, the pianist dives head first into a rousing, if unusual version of Charlie Parker's 'Donna Lee', initially kicking off an explosive vamp to play against its theme, though he eventually discards the vamp in favor of a more conventional, though thoroughly post-bop approach to this bop classic. Likewise, Terrasson introduces Miles Davis with a good bit of drama, even if he is more direct in his improvised introduction than Bill Evans was in his final years. The pianist's arrangement of Dave Brubeck's 'In Your Own Sweet Way' is particularly haunting, with his surprising chords in the bassline, then eases up a bit as he gets into a funky mood. Terrasson has just as much fun with standards like 'Broadway' and 'Love for Sale', while also proving himself as a promising composer with two strong originals. EDITOR RATING: 4 STARS --All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Description du produit
PERSONNEL: Jacky Terrasson - piano Leon Parker - drums Ugonna Okegwo - bass Recorded at the Clinton Recording Studio 'A' in New York. on November 18 & 19, 1993 1. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker) 5:18 2. Nardis (Miles Davis) 4:35 3. First Child 2:22 4. In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck)9:43 5. Wail (Bud Powell)2:15 6. Lost 7:09 7. Broadway (Teddy McRae,Henri Woode) 5:50 8. Lover Man (Jimmy Davis/Roger 'Ram' Ramirez,Jimmy Sherman) 7:43 9. Close Enough for Love (Johnny Mandel, Paul Williams) 2:29 10. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 6:23
Biographie de l'artiste
By the mid-'90s, pianist Jacky Terrasson was being hailed as one of the bright young lions on the traditional jazz scene. His self-titled 1995 debut for Blue Note Records drew high praise from all corners of the jazz world. His feathery keyboard touch is coupled with a lot of power and passion, and a complete understanding of the blues and improvisation, and Terrasson is also a gifted arranger, putting his own personal stamp on well-known tunes. He's been one of the jazz world's most talked about piano player/composers since he captured everyone's attention when he won the Thelonious Monk Competition in 1993. Born in Berlin to a French mother and an American father, Terrasson's distinctive piano style reflects his old and new influences. In his youth, he spent years studying and listening to recordings by Bud Powell, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk. He began playing piano at age five, and his parents were always playing classical music on the stereo. At age 11, he began listening intently to the Billie Holiday and Miles Davis records that belonged to his mother, and at that point, he was hooked on playing jazz piano. He studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with many other new traditionalists as classmates, including people like Danilo Perez. After graduation, he spent a year jamming at clubs in Chicago and New York before hooking up with ensembles led by his mentors, including Arthur Taylor and Betty Carter. At a recording session, Terrasson met Carter. The vocalist told him she needed a pianist to begin a tour the next day, and he accepted, spending nearly a year on the road with her. Among many other sessions, Terrasson performed on Jimmy Scott's 1996 release, Heaven, for Warner Bros. He also did arranging for that record. Terrasson continues to perform around the world as leader of his own trio, and has made several European and Japanese tours.