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.
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
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
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.