Album: Jacky Terrasson, Push (Concord)

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You can read the jazz recession into Terrasson's slight slip down the rankings in recent years, and the trying-too-hard-to-please-ness of this partial recovery with an augmented trio.

He's routinely compared to Thelonious Monk for his rhythmical acuity, but it's doubtful if Monk ever paired "Body and Soul" with Jacko's "Beat It" or twinkled with such Mrs Mills-winsomeness as Terrasson does here on the opener. There's no doubting his talent, but you can't please everyone, especially in jazz.