Putting the strong musical personalities of vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and pianist Jacky Terrasson together on the same bandstand seemed risking a clash. Both are distinctive stylists accustomed to the spotlight, musicians who develop a palpable sense of drama when they perform. Could two such assertive performers coexist without getting in each other's way?
Not a problem. In the first of two nights at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday, Terrasson's trio provided extremely sensitive support to the vocalist, playing at a whisper when required or roaring along as the singer scatted briskly in instrumental tones. And in return Bridgewater, especially during her moments of vocal improvisation, worked in a way that encouraged Terrasson, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ali Jackson II to echo, accent or punctuate her performance. You might say they brought out the best in each other.