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Jacky Terrasson Trio's Masterful Live Performance at KPLU

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This studio session marks the first visit from pianist, Jacky Terrasson, to the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. We hope it's the first of many.

In a stunning three-song set, Jacky left no doubt that his group is one of the most exciting piano trios in jazz today.

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With bassist Ben Williams (winner of the annual Thelonious Monk International Competition in 2009) and mind-reading drummer, Jamire Willams, Terrasson took interviewer, Abe Beeson, and a small studio audience on a musical journey that was fueled by amazing improvisational invention, beautiful melodies and uncanny ensemble playing.

The trio began with a driving medley of Body & Soul, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Michael Jackson's Beat It, and then switched gears for Terrasson's lovely ballad, My Church (which seemed to contain light echoes of other songs, such as Moon River and Many Rivers To Cross). They ended the set with Jacky's ethereal arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's Smile.

If jazz has the power to paint pictures in the mind, the Jacky Terrasson Trio seems intent on painting masterpieces.

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