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Jacky Terrasson: A Paris

Recorded in France and featuring both French jazz artists and French compositions, you’d expect pianist-composer Jacky Terrasson’s homage to his hometown to be more exuberant. Instead, the wistful, lyrical A Paris sounds like a yearning mediation on the City of Lights rather than a celebration.

Terrasson opens with a sparse trio reading of “Plaisir d’Amour” in which the prayerful vibes oozing from his piano, and the plaintive groove by his longtime rhythm section-drummer Leon Parker and bassist Ugonna Okegwo-tingle with nuances of Abdullah Ibrahim’s music. Terrasson manages to simmer the tone down even more on the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” and Barbara’s misty “Nantes” and “L’Aigle Noir.”

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