Jacky Terrasson - Push (3 stars)

Jacky Terrasson - Push

(Concord Jazz)

Pianist Jacky Terrasson initially came to prominence in 1993 as winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition that year. After a long association with Blue Note, the pianist makes his debut on Concord with this release, essentially a trio set featuring his current band with bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jamire Williams (no relation), and a number of guests on saxophone, harmonica, guitar and percussion on half the tracks.

The trio is at the heart of the matter, and sounds like a unit to watch. The hallmarks of the pianist’s style are firmly in place, notably his dazzling virtuosity, his distinctive, oblique rhythmic feel, and playful sense of humour. He covers two Monk tunes, cleverly grafts together Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ and ‘Body and Soul’, re-thinks ‘You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To’ and gets funky on ‘Gaux Girl’ and ‘Morning’, although personally, I could do without the two more poppy cuts that feature his vocals.

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