Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Martial Solal

Artist:Martial Solal
Song:On Green Dolphin Street
Album:Live At The Village Vanguard: I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Algerian born jazz pianist Martial Solal has been around since the 50s and he's still around. Live At The Village Vanguard is his latest CD. He's known in North America mostly from his 60s recordings. He was born Aug. 23, 1927 in Algiers, French Algeria. His father was an opera singer and his mother was a piano teacher. Solal started studying classical piano at age six. He served in Morocco during World War II and he played for US soldiers. After the war, he started playing piano professionally and he moved to Paris in 1950. He first recorded for Vogue Records in 1953 and he worked with Django Reinhardt, Don Byas, Sidney Bechet and others. In 1963, promoter George Wein brought Solal to the Newport Jazz Festival and Solal released the album Newport '63 on RCA. He first recorded the jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street on one of two albums he recorded for Columbia. It was called Trio 65. Unfortunately that album has never been released on CD. He also composed several film scores in the early 60s including the 1960 Jean Luc Goddard film Breathless. Since the 70s he has recorded with Lee Konitz, John Scofield, Peter Erskine, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian and Dave Douglas. Live At The Village Vanguard was released in 2008 and it is Solal's latest CD on CamJazz. He plays solo on this album. He doesn't have a website so I'm not sure if he still tours. But those who like piano jazz should check Solal out. Here's Martial Solal with Michel Gaudry on bass and Ronnie Stephenson on drums performing On Green Dolphin Street at the NDR Jazz Workshop Hamburg, Germany Aug. 30, 1965.

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