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Longitude (with Francois Moutin & Louis Moutin)

Martial Solal

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Eighty years old at the time of these 2007 sessions, Martial Solal is still full of surprises, with technique and wit to spare at the keyboard. Joined by his longtime rhythm section, bassist François Moutin and drummer Louis Moutin, the pianist digs into standards but reconstructs them into almost new compositions, adding intricate detours and hinting at the themes only briefly, especially in his wild romp through "Here's That Rainy Day," and the odd but hilarious entrance into the old warhorse "Tea for Two." His seven original works are just as fascinating: "Solaltitude" conveys loneliness with an eerie air; "Short Cuts" and "Navigation" venture into avant-garde jazz territory in a tense setting, though with a touch of humor as well. Yet it is hard to top Solal's "Slightly Bluesy," a tense, explosive opener that is the best overall showcase for his outstanding trio.

Biography

Born: August 23, 1927 in Algiers, Algeria

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

French pianist, composer, and bandleader Martial Solal's intuitive approach to improvisation has earned him an honored place among the greatest minds in all of jazz. Thoroughly versed in the tradition from big-band swing to bop and post-bop, Solal has also composed chamber music, written scores for more than 20 films, and recorded more than 50 albums as soloist and leader. For more than half a century, Solal personified the cross-pollinated splendor of European jazz by utilizing styles and influences...
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Longitude (with Francois Moutin & Louis Moutin), Martial Solal
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 22, 2008

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