It Might as Well Be Spring - Jacky Terrasson, Hammerstein, Oscar
My Ship - Jacky Terrasson, Gershwin, Ira
I Remember You - Jacky Terrasson, Mercer, Johnny
Tea for Two - Jacky Terrasson, Caesar, Irving
If Ever I Would Leave You - Jacky Terrasson, Lerner, Alan Jay
Chicago 1987 - Jacky Terrasson, Terrasson, Jacky
Throughout Cassandra Wilson's career, jazz critics have been presuming to tell her what to do. Instead, she maintains her own impressive balance among jazz standards, other popular songs, and originals, and among a "jazz" ... more »approach, a guitar-based country blues spareness, and art-pop inspired by one of her greatest influences, Joni Mitchell. Here she reminds us that she can bring tremendous freshness to standards. Star pianist Jacky Terrasson makes it almost easy for her. His standout contribution, though, is a tinkling, decidedly late-autumnal solo "Autumn Leaves." Bassist Lonnie Plaxico and percussionist Mino Cinelu contribute impressively on a trap-setless disc, on such numbers as a sad-soul "Tea for Two," and a slowed, bluesy rendition of "Tennessee Waltz." --Peter Monaghan« less
Throughout Cassandra Wilson's career, jazz critics have been presuming to tell her what to do. Instead, she maintains her own impressive balance among jazz standards, other popular songs, and originals, and among a "jazz" approach, a guitar-based country blues spareness, and art-pop inspired by one of her greatest influences, Joni Mitchell. Here she reminds us that she can bring tremendous freshness to standards. Star pianist Jacky Terrasson makes it almost easy for her. His standout contribution, though, is a tinkling, decidedly late-autumnal solo "Autumn Leaves." Bassist Lonnie Plaxico and percussionist Mino Cinelu contribute impressively on a trap-setless disc, on such numbers as a sad-soul "Tea for Two," and a slowed, bluesy rendition of "Tennessee Waltz." --Peter Monaghan
A must-have addition to any music-lover's collection!
Georgia Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org | Sydney Australia | 05/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These 2 supreme contemporary jazz talents have collaborated on what will become known as a classic jazz record. Each artist graciously allows the other to shine throughout this incredible recording, but without over-the-top flourishes and histrionics - this is a pure, soul-filled jazz recording, a smoky smooth effort. All players on the album contribute, each putting their own stamp on the result - a rare treat. I cannot say much more about this work except BUY IT!!! A must for late nights, rainy afternoons and everything in between."
MarvelousMarla | Way down in Dixie | 08/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On this collaboration, the listener is treated to hearing Ms. Wilson interpret Jazz standards which she has done sparingly since the 1988 release of Blue Skies on Verve records. I am a huge fan of her work but had previously heard very little about Jacky Terrasson. His was a name I'd seen here and there, usually with his trio, but I never knew much about his music. This release gave me a good impression of his work.Terrasson uses the piano and electric piano to accompany Wilson's vocals and goes solo on a couple of tracks. This CD has the feel of an intimate club setting. It's very mellow.Wilson is such a versatile performer, but I'd really like to hear her do more traditional jazz vocals like those featured here. That voice is so lush and distinctive. I saw her live June at Wolftrapp, and she sounded exactly the same as she does in the studio."
zamir corzo | CORDOBA MEXICO | 09/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best standard's albums that you can find today. Cassandra Wilson gives us her point of view about classic songs like Tea for Two or Tennesse Waltz. The arragments by Jacky Terrason are perfect for Cassandra Wilson. For those who are getting bored about vocal jazz, will be happy to hear that some people are trying to do something different...This is another cassandra hit. BUY IT."
Yes, It Is Beautiful!
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 08/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Originally at first listen I was going to give this a four-star rating, but after a careful consideration and repeated listening, I believe it is a conclusive five-star-affair.
Blue Note Records has the reputation of producing high quality and reliable jazz recordings. This album was recorded under Blue Note. Therefore, this is a high quality and reliable recording. You can't go wrong with Cassandra Wilson and Jacky Terrasson's "Rendezvous" - the material is quite notable and the sound quality is just great. The interpretations and arrangements are not boring, but inspired, unique, full of freshness and ingenious ideas, most of all, they are dramatically rendered. I believe Ms. Wilson and Mr. Terrasson wanted to create the kind of renditions that will set this album apart from other albums of standards. They wanted a distinctive style that is uniquely their own for these time-tested standards.
I love the way Ms. Wilson sings such timeless classics as "It Might As Well Be Spring," "I Remember You" and "Tea For Two." A seldom-recorded song, "Tenessee Waltz" was given a new twist and fresh and bluesy arrangement which makes it a very welcome addition to this set. Ditto with "Little Boy Lost" where she gives a lot of dramatic flair and heartfelt emotion to the song.
Jacky Terrasson gets the spotlight as he creatively plays Kosma and Prevert's "Autumn Leaves" and "Chicago 1987," an original composition which shows off not only his fine piano artistry, but his knack for composing as well. Another purely instrumental track is "Chan's Song," one of the finest compositions of Herbie Hancock, a Grammy-award-winning jazz pianist/composer.
She treats one of my favorites from Lerner and Loewe, "If Ever I Would Leave You" with a delicate and very calculated reading of the lyrics, carefully phrasing each and every line while Jacky Terrasson does a great job accompanying her on piano. He's not only a fine pianist, but also a talented arranger as well. He did all the arrangements on all tracks. They are joined by Lonnie Plaxico and Kenny Davis on bass, and Mino Cinelu on percussion. Each of them contributed their enormous talents to make this album as wonderful as it is, like Ms. Wilson's latest gift to her fans, Loverly.
This is the kind of album that grows on you with repeated listening. The more you listen to it, the more you'll enjoy it. Each listen comes with renewed enthusiasm, greater appreciation, and new discoveries of added charms and beauty. I'm very pleased with this album. And yes, it is beautiful!"