JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2016 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jacky Terrasson at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Jacky Terrasson, on piano with his trio at Montage, played mostly standards but not in a standard way. He played with them. Terrasson plays piano like a rhythm instrument, not that he wasn't melodic first, and the bass player played like a drummer, crazy runs, pushing the piano. "My Favorite Things" with a nod to "Happy Birthday," Michael Jackson's "Beat It." "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," gorgeous version of "You Don't Know What Love Is" with a bit of "America The Beautiful" tacked on the end, and the third version of "Autumn Leaves" that we've heard at this festival. Nothing precious, no formulaic trading solos, just all out playing. Exhilarating!

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