The album features a new working trio that includes recent Thelonious Monk Competition winner Ben Williams on bass, Jamire Williams on drums and a handful of special guests. Push
, Terrasson’s 11th overall album and Concord Jazz debut, moves forward with a program of invigorating new repertoire and standards that infuse the familiar with the unlikely, including nods to Michael Jackson.
Ever since pianist extraordinaire Jacky Terrasson burst upon the jazz scene in 1993 by winning the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, he has consistently recorded richly refined and remarkably free-spirited music. After delivering 10 CDs for Blue Note Records, Terrasson’s Concord Jazz debut Push is an 11-track gem of dynamic pianism that opens up a new door onto his creative technique and ingenuity.Push
features seven new Terrasson compositions as well as a sampling of fresh spins on standards, including two Monk tunes and a Cole Porter beauty as well as a version of the timeless melody “Body and Soul” melded with “Beat It,” Michael Jackson’s Thriller hit. On board for the ride are Terrasson’s core trio mates, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jamire Williams (no relation), plus such guests as harmonica ace Gregoire Maret, tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, guitarist Matthew Stevens and percussion Cyro Baptista, who quietly stars on three numbers.
To Terrasson, Push
represents “the beginning of something new even though it’s tied to everything I’ve done before. There are a lot more of my own compositions--more than ever--and it’s like the introduction to a new stage in my musical life.”
As for the one-word title, Terrasson smiles when reminded that several of his previous recordings were also one-worders: Reach
(with Cassandra Wilson, 1997), Alive
(2002) and Mirror
(2007). “I like it that way,” he says. “It’s short and to the point. Push