Two musicians, two generations, two instruments, two visions but the same passion. The first time Ignasi Terraza found himself in the company of Tete Montoliu he just couldnt resist asking the impossible question: Maestro, what is jazz? The answer lay, literally, in his hands, but if the pianist from Barcelonas Carrer Muntaner had wanted to find an easy way of dealing with Ignasis question, all he had to do was to mention one name: trumpet player Josep Maria Farràs. One of our countrys greatest jazz musicians, in Tetes words.
The Farràs-Terraza duo creates the perfect synthesis of past, present and future that gives shape to the small part our country has played in contributing to a genre of music that changed a century. There are so many names from whom they might have drawn their inspiration: Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Clifford Brown, Oscar Peterson, Lee Morgan, Ahmad Jamal... but if Farràss virtue lies in making them live on through his lips and Terrazas in bringing them back to life with his fingers, what really sets them apart is their ability to keep the tradition sounding fresh and alive, like dressing up a vintage model in new clothes and lending a timelessness to a sound that remains as exciting today as on its first day. 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 historys great enigmas: What is swing? Its when Count Basie taps his feet.
01. Once I Loved [Amor em paz] (Jobim) 5:52
02. Plaça Vella (Farràs-Terraza) 6:50
03. I Remember Clifford (Golson) 5:41
04. Temps de canvis (Terraza) 5:42
05. It Could Happen to You
(Van Heusen-Burke) 3:09
06. Autums Leaves (Kosma-Prévert-Mercer) 10:09
07. Look For The Silver Lining (Kern-DeSylva) 4:32
08. Nits de farres (Terraza) 5:51
09. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
10. Solitude (Ellington-DeLange-Mills) 6:04
11. If I Could Be With You [One hour Tonight]
Total time: 64:00 min.
Josep Maria Farràs (trumpet), Ignasi Terraza (piano), Dimitri Skidanov (bass) and Jean Pierre Derouard (drums). Special guest: Jesse Davis (alto sax on #2 & 8).
Recorded at Nòmada Studio, Barcelona, Spain.
Tracks #2,3,8 recorded on August 19, 2008.
All other tracks recorded on July 31, 2006.
Recording engineer: David Casamitjana.
Mastered by Pep Roig.
Produced by Ignasi Terraza.