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Martial Solal (born August 23, 1927 in Algiers, Algeria) is a French jazz pianist and composer, who is probably most widely known for the music he wrote for Jean-Luc Godard's debut feature film À bout de souffle (1960). Solal was the son of an opera singer and piano teacher, who learnt the instrument from the age of six, settling in Paris in 1950. He soon began working with leading musicians including Django Reinhardt and expatriates from the United States like Sidney Bechet and Don Byas. He formed a quartet (occasionally also leading a big band) in the late 1950s, although he had been recording as a leader since 1953. Solal then began composing film music, eventually providing over twenty scores. In 1963 he made a much admired appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island; the Newport '63 album purporting to be a recording of this gig is actually a studio recreation

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News: Video / DVD

Backgrounder: Sidney Bechet/Martial Solal

Backgrounder: Sidney Bechet/Martial Solal

Soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet was one of jazz's most complex giants. Born in New Orleans in 1897, four years earlier than Louis Armstrong, Bechet made his first recordings in early 1920, three years before the trumpeter. Unfortunately, these recordings were never issued. His first released recordings, for Okeh, came out the same year as Armstrong's earliest ...

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Martial Solal Trio Recordings, 1953-1962

Martial Solal Trio Recordings, 1953-1962

Martial Solal was born in Algiers in 1927, when the city was part of what was known then as French Algeria. At 6, he began taking piano lessons and for years played classical pieces. Then he discovered the extraordinary recordings of Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, and turned to jazz. Solal moved to Paris in 1950 ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold

Read "Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz detective Zev Feldman and Elemental Records have notched up more cold-case discoveries with albums by Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Sonny Stitt. The discs are scheduled for release in late April 2023, round about Record Store Day. None of the material has previously been available. All three albums are more than good and the Evans ...

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Article: Live Review

Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton Scott's Jazz Club Jazz In The Round jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 31, 2023 Sergei Rachmaninoff surely wouldn't have minded. As Chamber Choir Ireland was tackling the Russian composer's choral masterpiece All Night Vigil in a Belfast monastery, across town in Ballyhackamore another ...

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The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings

Label: Jazzline Classics
Released: 2021
Track listing: West Coast Blues; Four On Six; Last Of The Wine; Here’s That Rainy Day; Opening 2; Blue Grass; Blue Monk; The Leopard Walks; Twisted Blues; West Coast Blues (Encore).

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Coming Yesterday: Live At Salle Gaveau 2019

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Can’t Get Started; Coming Yesterday: Medley Ellington; Sir Jack; Tea For Two; Happy Birthday; Lover Man: I’ll Remember April; My Funny Valentine; Have You Met Miss Jones.

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News: Music Industry

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

Jazz history was forged in the rustic Black Forest of Germany in 1968 when Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer launched MPS Records and recorded some of the genre’s seminal artists. Legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, The Count Basie Orchestra and George Duke released albums on the prestigious label known for its ...

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Article: Album Review

Martial Solal: Coming Yesterday: Live At Salle Gaveau 2019

Read "Coming Yesterday: Live At Salle Gaveau 2019" reviewed by Chris May


In 2010, a British writer travelled to Paris to interview the pianist Martial Solal. The address he had been given was in the affluent suburb Chatou. On arrival, Solal's house struck the writer as something quite unlike the home of any other jazz musician he had ever visited, an haute bourgeoisie villa surrounded by an ornamental ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...


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