Jacky Terrasson: Isn't She Lovely
Isn't She Lovely
Jacky Terrasson (piano)
Smile (Blue Note 5424132)
Jacky Terrasson (piano),
Rémi Vignolo (electric bass), Eric Harland (drums).
Composed by Stevie Wonder.
Recorded: Pompignan, France, June 12-21, 2002
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
Mixing Stevie Wonder's easy-listening classic "Isn't She Lovely" with a drum 'n' bass beat would be a difficult task for even the most talented DJ, let alone a piano trio. Though Terrasson and crew should be applauded for their efforts, the results suggest that maybe it shouldn't have been attempted in the first place. Even the most essential components seem disconnected—melody from harmony, drums from bass. Bassist Vignolo has trouble as the sole provider of chord structure; his note selections make the changes hard to follow, his time is suspect, and his electric bass is a bit too slippery. Terrasson's outstanding technique saves an otherwise forgettable track, using an impressive and unusual two-handed approach that adds a half-step dissonance to each note in his solo. The pianist is remarkable, and he alone makes this sub-par track worth a listen.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic