Martial Solal Trio · Complete Sessions 1953-1962 (2-CD)
  • Martial Solal
    Martial Solal
  • Vogue LD 200
    Vogue LD 200
  • Swing M.33.340
    Swing M.33.340
  • Vogue EPL 7137
    Vogue EPL 7137
  • Columbia FPX 191
    Columbia FPX 191
  • Columbia FPX 221
    Columbia FPX 221
  • Pathé Marcony ESDF 1430
    Pathé Marcony ESDF 1430
  • Solal & Jean Cocteau
    Solal & Jean Cocteau

Martial Solal

Martial Solal Trio · Complete Sessions 1953-1962 (2-CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot, Jean-Marie Ingrand, Joe Benjamin, Benoît Quersin, Guy Pedersen (b), Pierre Lemarchand, Jean-Louis Viale, Roy Haynes, Daniel Humair (d)

Reference: FSRCD 982_2

Bar code: 8427328609821

A new pianist of startling talent burst onto the international jazz scene in late 1953. His name was Martial Solal, a young Frenchman born in Algiers (1927). He left his hometown for Paris at the age of 23 in search of a more favorable jazz climate, earning fame and experience along the way with a number of bands. In 1953 his playing caught the ear of legendary jazz producer Charles Delaunay, who offered to record him accompanied by Pierre Michelot and Pierre Lemarchand —the two leading voices in their respective instruments— for his Swing / Vogue label. These were Solal’s first trio recordings, and they immediately established him as someone to reckon with in the French jazz scene.

Bud Powell was Solal’s favorite pianist and one of his main influences, but Erroll Garner came a close second. Needless to say, as a bop enthusiast, he was fond of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis as well. His main objective was to play bop, but with his own brand of piano playing, looking for new harmonies because, as he says, “to me evolution is the first and most important thing.”

You will find in this collection all the qualities that make Martial Solal one of the best contemporary pianists: a soft touch full of contrasts —even in the more demanding pieces; his keen intelligence, which keeps him cool at all times; and the way he always swings forward through imagination and originality, which are the trademarks of his talent.

CD 1
01. Dinah (Lewis-Young-Akst) 3:01
02. La Chaloupée (Jacques Offenbach) 2:45
03. Ramona (Wayne-Wolfe Gilbert) 2:55
04. Once in a While (Edwards-Green) 2:39
05. Poinciana (Nat Simon) 2:59
06. The Champ (Dizzy Gillespie) 3:00
07. Farniente (Martial Solal) 3:17
08. Pennies from Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 2:39
09. Darn That Dream (Van Heusen-DeLange) 3:31
10. I Only Have Eyes for You (Warren-Dubin) 2:53
11. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown-Kahn) 2:30
12. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern-Fields) 2:51
13. Signal (Jimmy Raney) 2:55
14. Midi 1/4 (Martial Solal) 2:50
15. Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) 2:30
16. You're Not the Kind of Boy (Smith) 2:48
17. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3:38
18. Ridikool (Martial Solal) 2:43
19. You Go to My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 2:51
20. The Song Is You (Kern-Hammerstein) 2:27

CD 2
01. Ouin-Ouin (Martial Solal) 4:20
02. Theme a tics (Martial Solal) 3:02
03. Bonsoir (Martial Solal) 4:18
04. Very Fatigué (Martial Solal) 3:44
05. Middle Jazz (Martial Solal) 4:12
06. Jordu (Duke Jordan) 6:01
07. Nos Smoking (Martial Solal) 6:24
08. Special Club (Martial Solal) 7:30
09. Dermaplastic (Martial Solal) 4:48
10. Aigue-Marine (Martial Solal) 4:24
11. Averty, c’est Moi (Martial Solal) 6:23
12. Gavotte à Gaveau (Martial Solal) 5:52
13. Frise, Part I & II (Martial Solal) 9:37

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1 & 2, from Swing 425, also on Martial Solal Vol.1 (Vogue LD 200)
Tracks #3 & 4, from Swing 426, also on Martial Solal Vol.1 (Vogue LD 200)
Tracks #5 & 6, from Swing 444, also on Martial Solal Vol.1 (Vogue LD 200)
Tracks #7 & 8, from Swing 445, also on Martial Solal Vol.1 (Vogue LD 200)
Tracks #9-16, from Martial Solal Vol.2 (Swing M.33.340)
Tracks #17-20, from Martial Solal (Vogue EPL 7137)

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-5, from Martial Solal (Columbia FPX 191)
Tracks #6-12, from Martial Solal Trio “Jazz à Gaveau”
(Columbia FPX 221)
Track # 13, from Martial Solal Trio “Frise I et II”
(Pathé Marcony ESDF 1430)

Personnel on CD 1:

Tracks #1-4: Martial Solal, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Pierre Lemarchand, drums.
Recorded in Paris, May, 16, 1953

Tracks #5-8: Martial Solal, piano; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass; Jean-Louis Viale, drums.
Recorded in Paris, February 24, 1954

Tracks #9-12: Martial Solal, piano; Joe Benjamin, bass; Roy Haynes, drums.
Recorded in Paris, October 28, 1954

Tracks #13-16: Martial Solal, piano; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass; Jean-Louis Viale, drums.
Recorded in Paris, November 9, 1954

Tracks #17-20: Martial Solal, piano; Benoît Quersin, bass; Jean-Louis Viale, drums.
Recorded in Paris, April 29, 1955

Personnel on CD 2:

Tracks #1-5: Martial Solal, piano; Guy Pedersen, bass; Daniel Humair, drums.
Recorded in Paris, July 18, 1960

Tracks #6-12: Same as #1-5
Recorded in Paris, live at Salle Gaveau, May 3, 1962

Track #13: Same as #1-12
Recorded in Paris, June 8, 1962

Original recording produced by Charles Delaunay and Jean-Paul Guiter
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi-Fi / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"One of the most creative pianists to come out of France was and still is Martial Solal, who’s found in his strongest setting, the trio, in this collection of studio and concert recordings on this two disc set. The studio trio sessions range from 1953-55 and are all set in Paris, with Solal in four completely different teams, which include Americans Joe Benjamin/b and Roy Hayne/dr from 1954 as well as Jean-Marie Ingrand or Pierre Michelot/b with Pierre Lemarchand or Jean-Louis Viale. Solal is spry and bouncy on “Dinah” and gives a bop take of “Just One Of Those Things” while his own “Midi ¼” is a cleverly arranged affair. Haynes and Benjamin snap Solal to attention on “The Way You Look Tonight” and are luscious for “Darn That Dream.”

From 1960, Solal teams up with GuyPedersen/b and Daniel Humair/dr for a handful of originals that feature a warm “Quin-Quin” a pretty “Bonsoir” and a sparkling “Middle Jazz.” With the same team he’s recorded in a concert in Paris, and except for the cleverly arranged take of Duke Jordan’s “Jordu” he keeps to his own songbook, and it’s impressive. The team bops on the crisp “No Smoking,” creates sharp angles on “Dermaplastic” and says to Pedersen’s bow on “Averty, ce’set Moi.” There’s plenty of room for soloing, but Solal frames them within original charts as deft and tasty as a green macaroon. The liner notes give plenty of info and perspective on this important artist."

George W. Harris (October 17, 2019)


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