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Into the Blue
     

Into the Blue

by Jacky Terrasson
 
The French have a knack for making classical music swing. Pianist Jacques Loussier has had real success with his jazz versions of favorites by Bach, Vivaldi, and even Debussy. And, of course, Claude Bolling created a series of classically flavored jazz suites for a bunch of star performers, beginning

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The French have a knack for making classical music swing. Pianist Jacques Loussier has had real success with his jazz versions of favorites by Bach, Vivaldi, and even Debussy. And, of course, Claude Bolling created a series of classically flavored jazz suites for a bunch of star performers, beginning with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. This collaboration between the American-born but French-trained jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson and French flutist Emmanuel Pahud is another winner. Not all of the tracks will betray their classical roots quickly, but every one of them is based on a classic. The duo get into a good improvisatory groove in their free adaptation of Ravel's Bolero; in Vivaldi's Four Seasons they really let their imaginations run wild; and even in a rather straightforward arrangement, like Fauré's exquisite song "Après un rêve," they manage to sound fresh while still respecting the integrity of the original. Peppered with humor and sensuality, Into the Blue is serious fun.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
Emmanuel Pahud is an award-winning classical flutist who's also Principal Flute for the Berlin Philharmonic. Jacky Terrasson is an award-winning jazz pianist who's a Principal Original on the scene; uniquely playful and inventive, it's always interesting to see what he comes up with next. This time he rearranges 14 classical melodies in a jazz context. More than half are short tracks, colorful samples from jazz's favorite French Impressionists (Ravel, Faure, and Debussy)to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" (all four) and pieces by Schumann, Mozart, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov "Flight of the Bumblebee," Saint-Saëns, and jazz pianist Claude Bolling, who in the 70s teamed up with legendary flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal to record their own crossover tracks. Although he also respects the basic character of the music, Terrasson is more adventurous. For example, the much-beloved "Pavane" (Ravel) is still serene, but with interludes of communal passion and trio jazz, as fine bassist Sean Smith and drummer Ali Jackson provide subtle, quickly reactive support. "Bolero" is an exciting journey which obliterates all memory of the plodding and repetitious original; it features a happy Latin groove that dances under the melody, then segues seamlessly into funk and Fender Rhodes. If Pahud's improvisations are rather basic, his tone is beautiful and he swings, as does the bass/drum section, after which the whole thing goes Jamaican -- before returning to Latin. It sounds like a mishmosh in print, but it works. So does the beautiful "Apres un Reve," which conjures the countryside of southern France where the CD was recorded, and "Jimbo's Lullaby," which originally described a lumbering elephant, but is meditative and nearly Oriental here. On "Marche Turque," Mozart meets reggae and humor. In fact, there's wit throughout this CD, as well as imagination and top-level playing. Both classical and jazz fans will find much to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724355725721
catalogNumber:
5572572

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacky Terrasson   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes
Sean Smith   Double Bass
Emmanuel Pahud   Flute
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Niccolò Paganini   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Claude Bolling   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Stephen Johns   Producer,Liner Notes
Jacky Terrasson   Arranger
Eckhardt van den Hoogen   translation

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