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Jacky Terrasson and Cassandra Wilson: Rendezvous

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In these alarmingly noisy times, I cling to what now passes as something of an antiquated mantra-simplicity is elegance. The work of Lester Young, in particular, remains a guidepost for me. Pres always played only what was necessary, nothing more, nothing less.

That sensibility informs this prized collaboration, from the Greek goddess of vocal creativity, Cassandra Wilson, and the heir apparent to the piano tradition of Herbie Hancock, Jacky Terrasson. Joined by bassist Lonnie Plaxico and percussionist Mino Cinelu, they reinterpret nine standards and Hancock’s “Chan’s Song.” In this case, reinterpretation is not just a look back but startlingly imaginative reworkings.

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