|Quel grand cœur, cet artiste innovateur et passionné|
How shall I describe this music and this moment? Words like muscular, percussive, joyful, invigorating, funny, tender, powerful, surprising, lively, delicate and innovative all come to mind. And Jacky is playful, and if I may say so, often times teases his audience. I don't know the names of all the tunes, but here's what I recognized. From Billie Holiday's Lover Man to Charlie Chaplin's Smile, from My Funny Valentine to what I think was a re-working of the Mission Impossible theme mixed in with some licks from Dave Brubeck's Take Five, from a deliciously funkadelic rendition of Cole Porter's Love For Sale to a wonderfully sensual Besame Mucho, from the familiar Harry Potter theme intertwined with Michael Jackson's Beat It to a version of Caravan preceded by a long riff by the bassist in a minor key with mid-eastern overtones that somehow had traces of Chameleon woven in - all four sets totally seduced the audiences! And there was that ending (don't know the name-if someone does, let me know!) that had the audience snapping their fingers with the help of the fab drummer in a kind of gospel-like Amen! to the whole evening.
On Saturday night, I went back (!), and fortunately, other friends and family showed up. After the performance, my son (who plays jazz piano) made the following comment: Ça plairait à Monk…" (Monk would be happy). When I asked why, he said that Monk was all about the humor in jazz. These three musicians seem to be in a state of bliss when they play, exuding joy as they collaborate and make art. I told all three of them after the performance that their art makes the world a happier place, and that we counted on them to keep it up. Bravo!
Here's hoping that the Jacky Terrasson Trio will be back in Washington before long!
Pour la petite histoire : Jacky paraît dans « Jazz Band » et joue un rôle important dans le cheminement de Margot, jeune pianiste française, atterrie à New York.