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Martial Solal: My One And Only Love: Live at Theater Gütersloh

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English poet Samuel Johnson famously and accurately remarked that “He that runs against Time has an antagonist not subject to casualties." With that statement, Johnson essentially cut to the ultimate truth behind man's battle with mortality, the powers of change, and the swift dominance of the aging process. But he didn't say it all. What he failed to address was the other side of the coin--those rare few that, while still on Earth, manage to flip Time from adversary to ...

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Student Ensemble and Martial Solal: Philadelphia, April 9, 2011

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute/ Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University Martial Solal Perelman Theater,Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,Philadelphia, PA Saturday, April 9, 2011 This was the final concert of the 2010-2011 season of the popular Jazz Up Close series, celebrating the legendary Thelonious Monk, organized by pianist/curator Danilo Pérez. It consisted of two disparate sets. The first brought together young musicians from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, based in ...

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Martial Solal: Live at the Village Vanguard: I Can't Give You Anything But Love

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"Tonight is a very important night because we recording the show. I have to be good and you have to be good too," Solal jokes to his Village Vanguard audience in New York, but it would not be surprising if the pianist felt some pressure. The few appearances that Solal has made in the US are startling, considering that he is one of the greatest pianists in the history of Jazz. Solal, born Algiers in 1927, has ...

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Martial Solal: Live at the Village Vanguard: I Can't Give You Anything But Love

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Martial Solal is a nuclear physicist of the piano. He tinkers with the subatomic structure of compositions, moving elements around, pulling them apart, and smashing them together in ways that both surprise and delight. Solal was born Algiers in 1927, settling in Paris in 1950 where he worked with Django Reinhardt and American expatriates Sidney Bechet and Don Byas. He has maintained an impressive creative profile for the past 50 years that involves solo, small group, and big band formats. ...

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Martial Solal Trio: Longitude

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Oftentimes the best free players are those with a firm footing in the jazz tradition. Few have demonstrated as uncanny an ability to straddle the line between form and freedom as Martial Solal, a European pianist who has eluded his due credit in North America. Like the slightly younger Paul Bley, Solal has an ability to take the most well-worn standard and transform it into something new; oftentimes nearly unrecognizable but always engaging and playful. Solal may lean hard to ...

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Martial Solal: Solal Seul

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Lorraine Gordon has been trying to persuade pianist Martial Solal to return to the Village Vanguard ever since his unfortunately timed debut there, with a trio, in September of 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Solal, claiming he was too lazy at his age to travel to New York (he was 80 this August, 2007), kept declining the invitation.“But this year, said Solal from his home in France, “I called Lorraine and said I would come to New ...

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Martial Solal: NY 1: Live at The Village Vanguard

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Opening night for pianist Martial Solal's rare appearance in New York City was scheduled at the Village Vanguard for September 18, 2001. The show went on, but because the city wasn't too much in the mood for enjoyment, and Solal had had trouble making the flight. That first night he performed standards to a sparse but emotionally hungry audience, as if the familiarity of those selections would serve the moment, musically and psychologically. The beauty and perfection of Solal's playing ...

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Martial Solal: NY1: Live at the Village Vanguard

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I hadn't heard of the Algiers-born, Paris-based pianist Martial Solal, and my review copy of this disc came in a bare bones state: just a cardboard sleeve, a listing of the tunes and musicians. No cover art, no liner notes. A blind listen told me “Modernistic," a young lion full of the creative drive and fire. Then I read more. Martial Solal is 74 years old, having played with Sidney Bechet and recorded with ...

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Martial Solal: NY1: Live At The Village Vanguard

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This live recording allows one to share the reaction of the audience as well as the creative energy exhibited by the Martial Solal Trio during the group's week-long engagement in New York just a week after the horrific September 11, 2001 World Trade Center tragedies. The Greenwich Village nightclub served as an ideal spot for this recording. Solal's piano is heard loud and clear, with a crisp right hand and deep, forceful left. Bass and drums remain balanced and offer ...

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Martial Solal: Martial Solal Dodecaband Plays Ellington

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Martial Solal's big band is a revelation. I've loved his piano music since I started acquiring (mostly through mail order) his records in the late 60's. His big band writing can be seen as an extension of his piano, but it is much more. Like his piano playing there are all kinds of rhythmic stops and starts that may sound like unmusical special effects at first hearing but actually make entire sense.

I usually don't like “songbook" CD's because they ...

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Martial Solal Dodecaband: Martial Solal Dodecaband Plays Ellington

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A decidedly different chamber jazz kind of tribute to Duke Ellington comes from the creative mind of Paris-based Martial Solal. With a sound like that of Miles Davis' mid-century nonet, the pianist weaves tuba, baritone saxophone, rhythm, brass and woodwinds into a big band sound with suite-like implications. Following the cool school approach, Solal leaves out some of the swing, and supplies, instead, a creative manuscript that flows in many directions at once. Muted trumpets, droning bottom voices, splashes of ...

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Martial Solal: Martial Solal Dodecaband Plays Ellington

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There are only two things missing from Martial Solal's Duke Ellington tribute, Ellington's arrangements and Solal's voice. Solal, born in French Algiers in 1927, has been a staple of the Paris jazz scene since the 1950s. His piano has accompanied Don Byas, Lucky Thompson, Sidney Bechet, and Lee Konitz. He was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for last year's duo recording with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. His solo and small group recordings, very few of which have been available ...


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