Jacky Terrasson – Take This (2014)

Jacky Terrasson - Take This (2014)
Artist: Jacky Terrasson
Album: Take This
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Origin: France/USA
Released: 2014
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Kiff (3:35)
Un Poco Loco (4:12)
Take Five (Take 1) (5:12)
Come Together (3:24)
Dance (3:19)
Blue In Green (2:59)
November (6:24)
Take Five (Take 2) (4:13)
Maladie d’amour (3:15)
Somebody That I Used To Know (3:34)
Letting Go (4:41)

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Pianist Jacky Terrasson’s Impulse! Records debut, 2015’s Take This, is a sophisticated showcase for his virtuoso jazz chops and eclectic musical taste. Following up his 2012 effort, Gouache, Take This finds Terrasson investigating a mix of originals and unexpected covers, many of which are infused with a strong African and Cuban rhythmic influence. Supplying much of this rhythmic intensity is Terrasson’s adventurous outfit featuring bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Lukmil Perez, and Malian percussionist Adama Diarra. Together, this group is responsible for many of the album’s brightest moments, with updates of such classic jazz piano numbers as Bud Powell’s “Un Poco Loco,” and Miles Davis’ “Blue and Green,” to name a few. Also collaborating with Terrasson here is French vocalist/beatboxer Sly Johnson. A soulful, gifted singer with a bent toward throaty R&B, Johnson broke through in Paris as a member of the hip-hop act Saian Supa Crew, as well as performing with established jazz artists such as trumpeter Erik Truffaz. Here, he lends his vocals, as well as his unique human beatbox technique, to several tracks, often blending his various vocal pops and ticks into the rhythm section just as any percussionist might do. It’s a nifty concept that works best when Johnson is out-front on cuts like the opening “Kiff” and an inspired duo reworking of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” where Johnson brings to mind the similarly inclined rhythmic vocal jazz of Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau. Elsewhere, Terrasson and his pan-global ensemble deliver engaging takes on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the Paul Desmond-penned Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five,” and a buoyant rendition Henri Salvador’s Caribbean-infused “Maladie D’Amour.”
Review by Matt Collar

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