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1. I Love Paris
2. Just a Blues
3. My Funny Valentine
4. Hommage Lili Boulanger
5. Bye Bye Blackbird
6. He Goes on a Trip
7. I Fall in Love Too Easily
8. Time After Time
9. For Once in My Life
10. What a Diff'rence a Day Made
11. Cumba's Dance
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 29351
James Farber; Jim Anderson
Personnel: Jacky Terrasson (piano); Ugonna Okegwo (bass); Leon Parker (drums).
Recorded at Power Station and Clinton Studios, New York, New York in June and August, 1994.
Personnel: Jacky Terrasson (piano); Leon Parker (drums).
Recording information: Clinton Studios, NY (06/1994-08/1994); Power Station, NY (06/1994-08/1994).
Photographer: Jimmy Katz.
From the first ominous notes of the Afro-Cuban backbeat offered by drummer Leon Parker on "I Love Paris" through the terpsichorean steps of "Cumbia Dance," it's clear that this is no ordinary piano trio, and that 1993 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Jacky Terrasson is a special pianist. Eschewing the blustery cliches of so many contemporary pianists, JACKY TERRASSON is a thoughtful, swinging recital that offers the promise of new harmonic possibilities and a fresh approach to group improvisation.
Terrasson's cohorts, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Leon Parker, complement the pianist's demeanor by taking a terse, minimalist approach. Parker, in particular, has carved out a niche for himself by stripping down the drumset to its bare essentials, eliminating the hi-hats entirely; his spare orchestrations and melodic rhythmic parts are a major reason for this recital's success.
Terrasson's solo on "I Love Paris" begins almost as a Monkish vivisection of the theme, building tensions through cubist shards of notes and chords, progressing gradually to a more familiar palette of long lines and block chords, only to deconstruct his thematic material in a highly rhythmic manner--a masterful, defiantly original performance. "Just A Blues" employs a wide variety of fragmented, stop and go, hesitation effects to build tension, in much the same way Terrasson takes the ballad "My Funny Valentine," eliciting new ideas from the melody and reharmonizing as he goes along, without descending into technoflash. JACKY TERRASSON is a polished, ingenious debut.
Entertainment Weekly (1/27/95, p.51) - "...This debut is a fiery display of untraditional ideas and virtuoso daring. Terrasson overcomes the no-win scenario of the standard repertoire by changing the rules..." - Rating: A
Down Beat (3/95, p.42) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...His unique way of slowly tapering a tune, reshaping its harmonic contours, and offering sudden, rhythmic bursts is what most distinguishes his style....a remarkable U.S. recording debut..."
Musician (4/95, pp.71-72) - "...the pianist's addiction to invention is sated at every turn...the record brims with improvs which continually recast the themes that sired them....At his most articulate, Terrasson moves with Bud Powell's exhibitionism, and it's enthralling..."
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Blue Note (Label) CDP 8293512
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