French modern meets French traditional – in a really unique set of recordings that pair soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet and pianist MartialSolal! The CD features work from 2 different 1957 sessions recorded in Paris – both of which perfectly illustrate the way in which Bechet's tone and phrasing on his instrument could have a huge influence on later modernists like Steve Lacy and Albert Ayler. The work is straight, and often based around standards – but Solal's work on piano sets up the tunes in a way that allows Bechet to really play with his sound – and the record's made even better by the stark production technique, which brings out Bechet's tone better than many other French recordings we've heard. Kenny Clarke drums on about half the CD's 14 tracks, and titles include "Once In A While", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "The Man I Love", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "Embraceable You", "Rose Room", "I Never Knew", and "These Foolish Things". CD
A really unusual album – one that was also issued under the title Reunion A Paris – and which features work from a mixed combo of French, British, and American players in the postwar years! The combo is a sextet – with Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Billy Byers on trombone, Allan Eager on tenor, MartialSolal on piano, Benoit Quersin on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – and they all come together in a spirit that's strongly like some of the late 50s Tempo recordings in the UK – especially some of Deuchar's material! LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual pressing – 2 LPs, each single-sided – in a white sleeve which then has the commercial cover art attached by tape, very loosely.)
Hampton Hawes & MartialSolal —
Key For Two ... LP BYG (France), 1969. Very Good+ ...
A very unusual meeting of two hip pianists! Titles include "Key For Two", "Bag's Groove", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Godchild", "Three For Two", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "The Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny rip on the opening edge, but is great overall.)
A rare set from French keyboardist MartialSolal – and one of his few funky records! The set features Solal on electric and acoustic piano, playing in a trio that includes Bernard Lubat on drums and Henri Texier on bass – and the tunes on the set have a rolling funky feel that's great all the way through. A number of tracks seem to blend the acoustic and electric piano using overdubs, creating a nice counterpoint on the keys – one that fills out the sound a lot more than a typical trio album, and which puts Solal at the head of some very tasty grooves! Titles include "Est Il Espiegle", "Les 24 Heures Dementes", "Locomotion", "Un Drole D'Escalier Roulant", and "Peage Ingrat". LP, Vinyl record album
With Solal on piano, Guy Pedersen on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – on titles that include "Let's Waltz", "Under Paris Skies", "Billie's Bounce", "Jordu", "Vice Versa", and "Aigue Marine". LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist MartialSolal – a very intimate, but very powerful – almost as if both musicians are getting to the heart of their strengths, showing them in the best possible light as they come together with a strong sense of imagination and improvisational creativity! All the tunes are familiar standards, but they really sparkle – filled with lots of little twists and turns, and angular surprises that go way past familiar melody – at a level that's even more powerful than the previous set of duets the pair recorded. Titles include "Night & Day", "Small One", "In & Out", "Stella By Starlight", "A Night In Tunisia", and "Summertime". CD
MartialSolal with Peter Erskine & Marc Johnson —
Triangle ... CD Sony (France), 1995. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
MartialSolal on piano, Marc Johnson on double bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
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Howard Riley —
Flight ... LP Turtle/Eargong (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A complete classic from British pianist Howard Riley – exactly the sort of record that made him as important a new voice on the piano as Cecil Taylor in the US or Alexander Schlippenbach and MartialSolal on the European scene! The set's got the free, fiery vibe of some of Taylor's best work – but with even more inventive sounds from the whole trio – which also includes Barry Guy on bass and Tony Oxley on drums and amplified percussion – a tremendous lineup that's equally matched, and brilliant throughout! Riley is as wonderful as on his solo sessions – but he's almost even more incredible here for the way he balances things between all the players, and gives both Oxley and Guy some key space to make themselves known. Titles include "Cirrus", "Motion", "Flight", "For Lesley/For Sue", and "Forgotten Game". LP, Vinyl record album