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Dave Liebman & Martial Solal – Masters In Bordeaux (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dave Liebman & Martial Solal – Masters In Bordeaux (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:05 minutes | 421 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Genre

The meeting of two musical giants is a pretty common thing these days. Far more uncommon is the first collaboration of two musicians from different generations and continents. That is precisely what is so unique and wonderful about the recent partnership of French piano legend Martial Solal and American saxophone giant Dave Liebman and their new recording, Masters In Bordeaux.

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Martial Solal with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Daniel Humair – Suite For Trio (1978/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Martial Solal with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Daniel Humair – Suite For Trio (1978/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 42:07 minutes | 798 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

On this MPS release Solal teams up with jazz giants German bassist Niels-Henning Pederson and Swiss drummer Daniel Humair in what music journalist Karl Lippegaus described as “a European dream trio”. Solal originals grace the first three album tracks. Coming Yesterday features Solal and Pederson playing the difficult melody line in unison, followed by an inventive piano solo and Pederson’s exploratory play punctuated by Solal’s pointillistic chordal jabs. No Delay swings from postimpressionist modernism on through to a Latin feel and into a bluesy bass solo in a rollercoaster ride of musical emotions. Suite For Two again displays Solal’s creative genius as it pushes musical boundaries in what could be described as ‘Solal jazz’. Solal’s abstract introduction to ‘S Wonderful settles down to a swinging version of the Gershwin classic, replete with humorous pianistic asides and some tasty brush work by Humair. Cherokee, the piece that Charlie Parker used to redefine jazz improvisation, starts off with Pederson playing over the changes before Solal dismembers then reconstructs the piece. After each trio member has a short solo say on Here’s That Rainy Day, the band takes on the standard at an up-tempo pace. Humair segues the trio into a dark rock beat as they walk away into the mist. A superb trio with surprises around every bend of the musical road.

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Martial Solal – Nothing But Piano (1976/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Martial Solal – Nothing But Piano (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:44 minutes | 759 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

On this incredible solo album, one Solal original is followed by 9 classic standards – stylistic masterpieces as only Martial Solal can play them. Although played in traditional jazz blues fashion, M.B.S. Blues features Solal’s inimitable approach – a mixture of off-the-wall spontaneity and tradition. On Green Dolphin Street Solal forgoes the melody and choses an open improvisational approach with some hip quotes thrown in. There’s a beautiful ballad rendition of Stars Fell Over Alabama, and on Crazy Rhythm Solal takes a straight-ahead joyous medium-up romp. A dark, dissonant beginning to All the Things You Are morphs into a virtuoso attack on the piece from a variety of directions. Solal clothes Satin Doll in all sorts of autre musical garments whereas Nice Work if You Can Get It plays around with harmonies, rhythms, and dynamics. Django Reinhardt’s Nuages receives an impressionistic treatment, stretching the piece’s possibilities far beyond what Solal must have played when he worked with the legendary guitarist. Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm flashes by with a speedy walking left hand bass line, chromatic runs and a bit of stride, while April In Paris shines a light on the city’s (and Solal’s) many sides. Famed jazz critic Whitney Balliatt called jazz ‘the sound of surprise’. He could have been defining Martial Solal. A jazz original at his ingenious best.

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Martial Solal with Lee Konitz – Four Keys (1979/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Martial Solal with Lee Konitz – Four Keys (1979/2016)
LAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 690 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Front cover | © MPS

An all-star quartet (pianist Martial Solal, altoist Lee Konitz, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Niels Pedersen) explores seven diverse Solal originals that range from chamberlike pieces to fairly free group improvising. The results are often exciting if cool in both tone and volume. Thoughtful yet unpredictable music.

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