It is easy to hear why Jacky Terrasson is often cited as an influence and inspiration by other young pianists. Track by track on Mirror, he postulates problems for himself, solves them brilliantly, and demonstrates what is pianistically possible if you have chops of doom. “Caravan,” in 7/4, is all chordal explosions and jagged breaks and lurches, an epic deconstruction. “Just a Gigolo” pays direct homage to the clanging tremolos and pregnant pauses of Monk’s famous solo versions, but is much more boldly abstract. The ironic modulations of “America the Beautiful” create complex political undercurrents.
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