This CD truly marks Terraza out as the absolute king of this genre. There’s his ability to create his own repertoire of carols that are familiar yet original. He has chosen pieces that are not overworked and dressed them up with dignity and freshness. He has maintained fidelity and complicity with the voice of a singular artist, Randy Greer, who we’d love to hear more of. The danger with this record is that you’ll wish it was Christmas year round. (Pere Pons)
High up on the Terraza is the new release of Ignasi Terraza trio, including two brilliant musicians in the rhythm section: Pierre Boussaguet on bass (one of most demanded jazz bassist in Europe, lately playing in the Michelle Legrand regular trio) and Victor Jones (an authentic legend of the jazz drums, who was known through his collaborations with Stan Guets and Michel Petrucciani).
Ignasi being an instalment in the thriving Catalonian jazz scene and Pureum Jin becoming a name her self in the Big Apple, Both are brilliant musicians and strong individual voices, and both contributed there voices equally to this record, which creates a strong mixture of various cultures and influences, proving once again that music is a universal language – and as you can hear on this record: A beautiful one.
In this journey Terraza has laid out a number of referents that have marked his career, both in his own compositions inspired by the masters and in revivals of classic themes. It is the particular manner of the Catalan pianist to look backward while moving forward that established a position for his work in a line that we might wish to call twenty-first centuy jazz mainstream. Terraza has released a record that is a pure celebration of the most authentic jazz. (Pere Pons)
Beauty, tastefulness, fearless spontaneity, romance, joyful humor and clear camaraderie abound here, and I wholeheartedly want to recommend this excellent recording to any serious jazz aficionados, and lovers of beautiful piano music. (Benny Green) This recording is on one hand dark and mysterious and on the other hand, the music swings like crazy,full of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson references. This is a great recording that will have a prominent spot on my ipod! (Kenny Barron)
A suite of original pieces inspired by the painting of Joan Miró which was premiered by the Ignasi Terraza Trio in Washington on the occasion of the monographic exhibition of the painter’s work. “The Terraza-Miró world is light and weightless. There is a feeling of huge space, a sense of equilibrium associated with classicism and understood as ‘less is more.’ A jazz of long and sumptuous sojourns; a stylized elegant jazz. (Chema García, El Pais – Cuadernos de Jazz)
One of the top jazz pianists based in Spain, Ignasi Terraza is a remarkable musician who helps keep alive the jazz tradition at its purest. You can always hear the melody in Ignasi’s style of playing, even during his most daring improvisations which makes them more accessible than those of many other current jazz pianists. His subtle creativity and ability to produce melodies fills his music with constant surprises. He sounds unlike anyone else. This is one of his finest recordings so far and is a delight from start to finish. Scott Yanow
With his recent achievement of winning first prize in the Jacksonville (Florida) Jazz Piano Competition still fresh in our minds, Ignasi Terraza presents his new album, recorded live in Bangkok during his second Asian tour. No doubt, Ignasi Terraza has his own unique voice and place in jazz. Joe Zender
On the occasion of ten years since its recording, Swit Records proudly presents a new remastered edition of the record that won the prize for best album of 2006 from the magazine Jaç, as well as the Altaveu 2006 prize for “having given jazz a new, fresh, Mediterranean identity.” An essential part of Ignasi Terraza’s collection.
A fantastic session with Ignasi Terraza playing in an exceptional trio, with Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Pierre Boussaguet on bass. The repertoire is made up of both standards and sterling originals by Terraza and Boussaguet. The record was released by the Swiss jazz label TCB.
Ignasi Terraza, Oriol Bordas and Manuel Álvarez with their "Jazz in the dark" have clearly succeeded in lighting up an event that is experienced in the dark. They have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that of all the senses, sight is the one you least need to immerse yourself in musical pleasure. All the other senses are soothed in the presence of their music, which in every way has wide appeal and is likely to remain popular for the foreseeable future. Mingus B. Formentor(La Vanguardia)
The first studio recording of the Ignasi Terraza Trio is surprising and radically different. The piano speaks directly, with a melodic and imaginative discourse, sounding like a voice or a sax, backed by a great swing sound from the rhythm section, all of which is reminiscent of the early trios of Jamal in its hypnotic effect. The session is complemented by the live recording a few months later at the ‘Jazz a les Fosques’ show, also released on this label.
This album breathes new life into a series of traditional songs that sound fresh and marry again, just as folk heritage deserves to be treated. A bold attempt, in which the Ignasi Terraza Trio has the complicity of Òscar Boada and Cor Vivaldi's children's voices, radiating true light. The collaboration of the solo singers enriches each one of the pieces. Let's toast with cava, let's rejoice! A christmas with jazz and choir is well worth it. Pere Pons
With its brilliant execution and its unstoppable communicative strength, Swing appeal is a CD that can satisfy the most demanding jazz palates, as well as a wide-ranging public thisrty for good music. Sheiman confirms her ability as an interpreter of the highest calibre, placing her brilliant and expansive voice at the disposal of a collection of swinging and faultless songs to whid Terraza gives. Terraza a diferentiated colouring and treatment. A feast for the ears.
The Farras-Terraza duo creates the perfect synthesis of past, present and future that gives shape to the small part our contry has played in contributing to a genre of music that changed a century. Put it to the test, listen to this album and, without realising it, you will find yourself following the example of everyone else who has gone along with the answer to another of history's great enigmas: "What is swing? It's when Count Basie taps his feet"Pere Pons
This is a rereading of Christmas songs in the key of jazz, combining short, upbeat, and optimistic tunes with elements of gospel and blues. The magnificent voice of Randy and the swing pounded out by the trio make this a truly festive recording Christmas swing recording. Randy and Ignasi have worked together on and off for more than twenty years. Both of them have the greatest admiration for the incomparable Nat King Cole.
The first record with Juan Chamorro and Andrea Motis together, including an interesting trio session with Chamorro, Terraza, and Motis.
This is a collaboration of Toni Solà with the Ignasi Terraza Trio, in which the sax of Solá expresses itself with a serene lyricism through a warm sensual sound that seduces the listener little by little. Solà is accompanied by the magnificent Ignasi Terraza Trio which demonstrates its elegance, authority, and a broad range of stylistic resources. This record captures the trio at its moment of maturity. It was recorded after three months of playing daily at the ‘Jazz a les Fosques’ show. When night is falling and things get quiet, that’s the time to put on ‘Night Sounds.’
Four Kats is today an excellent reference for our always growing musicians and a condensate of intense jazz pleasure for all fans of thismusic, It is the result of an intense and thorough preparation work, an example of talent and creativity, with own arrangements where vibes and piano merge and offer a very attractive tone, very different from other groups alike, a warm expression in language, an intense swing and some eloquent dialogues, that tell surprising, coherent and logical stories. Ricard Gili
The first recording of the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra arranged and conducted by its founder, Oriol Bordas, with the special appearance of Jesse Davis on alto sax and the voice of Randy Greer. The repertoire ranges from magnificent Bordas originals to interesting new arrangements of standards. This is a great introduction to this band, which showed great promise right from the outset and which has been performing regularly for more than 15 years. They have released an additional four top-notch albums.