Entertainment Weekly (10/03/97, p.85) - "...Obsessively intimate, ENCOUNTER too often equates inwardness with artistry." - Rating: B
Down Beat (11/97, pp.45-46) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...RENDEZVOUS simmers with a slow boil throughout....Terrasson plays with tempo, keys and emotion like a musical jester with the utmost seriousness....there is...a genuine and consistent vibe from song to song..."
Vibe (11/97, p.149) - "...Part of the band's magic comes from spare, refined arrangements--a Wilson trademark....The two mesh warmly on several surprising interpretations..."
Musician (11/97, pp.86-87) - "...a thoughtful and often remarkable collaboration...a richly atmospheric disc that generates emotion without resorting to flashy chops displays..."
Full performer name: Jacky Terrasson/Cassandra Wilson.
Personnel includes: Jacky Terrasson (acoustic & electric pianos); Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Lonnie Plaxico, Kenny Davis (bass); Mino Cinelu (percussion).
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York between January 4 and April 4, 1997.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Tired of endless jazz records full of standards that all sound the same? Well, Jacky Terrasson and Cassandra Wilson have a surprise for you. RENDEZVOUS could very well be one of the most unique albums to come along in quite a while. From the first tones of "Old Devil Moon" the listener is immediately drawn into a somber world of mood indigo shadings and sensual caresses. Wilson and Terrasson create a rich pastel of relaxing grooves and floating, dark phrasings which gives each tune a special character. This will certainly be the "bluest" version of "Tennessee Waltz" most listeners have ever heard and is well worth the price of admission.
Standards like "It Might As Well Be Spring," " My Ship," "I Remember You" and "Tea For Two" become fresh and new in the hands of Wilson. Her deep, dark tones lend a distinctive shape to each lyric. Terrasson turns in a few impressive instrumental tracks, "Chan's Song", "Chicago 1987", and an almost unrecognizable "Autumn Leaves." Sparse instrumentation (just a trio with a percussionist instead of drums) and consistently tasteful musical conservations make RENDEZVOUS a rare treat.