Josef Woodard
June 04, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What It Is

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jacky Terrasson
Producers
Blue Note
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

A fiery mainstream jazz pianist when he wants to be, Terrasson is also an innate searcher, and that’s who’s in charge here. In What It Is he swaps riffs with saxist Michael Brecker and guitarist Adam Rogers on ”Le Roi Basil,” gives Pink Floyd’s ”Money” a darkly cool air, and goes tastefully electric on his Fender Rhodes. To cause further happy stylistic confusion, he closes with an exotically jazzy arrangement of Ravel’s ”Bolero.” It’s a variety show with its restless heart in all the right places. B+

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