Sunday, May 17, 2015

Martial Solal at Newport '63

French jazz pianist Martial Solal's American recording debut took place at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, with his set recorded and initially released by RCA Victor, though it was deemed too short for release, so a few numbers recorded during his afternoon rehearsal were added to lengthen the album, with applause duplicated from other numbers. Joined by Bill Evans' former rhythm section, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Paul Motian (who also made up his trio during an extended gig at New York City's Hickory House prior to Newport), Solal blends Art Tatum-like runs with an inherent lyrical side in a decidedly advanced bop setting. In addition to his enjoyable arrangements of standards and timeless jazz compositions, his extended work "Suite Pour Une Frise" also merits praise. In spite of a CD reissue by Cloud 9 in 2004, this is still a rather difficult release to acquire.
Ken Dryden

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Martial Solal
Trio at Newport


1 Poinciana (The Song of the Tree) [Take 2] (Bernier, Simon)  4:33
2 Nuages [Clouds] (Reinhardt)  3:05
3 Suite Pour une Frise (Solal)  11:55
4 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  4:20
5 What Is Thing Called Love (Porter)  4:37
6 'Round Midnight [Take 1] (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  3:49
7 Boplicity (Henry)  3:52
8 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm [Take 3] (Jurmann, Kahn, Kaper)  3:11
9 Fine and Dandy [*] (Jones, Swift)  1:51
10 I Got Rhythm [take 1] [*] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:47
11 I Got Rhythm [take 2] [*] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:47
12 I Got Rhythm [take 3 previously unissued] [*] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:41

[*] Bonus Tracks not on original LP

Martial Solal - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Paul Motian - dr

Recorded in New York City ; July 11, 15 & 16, 1963
In 1963, George Wein invited Solal to play in the U.S. He was supposed to do two weeks at the Hickory House in New York City, topped off by an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. But the response was so positive that the Hickory House gig lasted 10 weeks, and the Newport appearance spawned the album At Newport ’63 (RCA). The LP includes Bill Evans’ rhythm section at the time, drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, documenting seven cuts—some recorded live and some studio tracks that were treated with applause “to make for natural home listening,” according to producer George Avakian’s liner notes.
Christopher Porter

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小抄 said...

This is my first time to say thanks here and surely won't be the last.

Martial Solal's approach is quite unqiue and you can always find something new in him. His Vogue recordings remain my desert island discs.

Highly recommend this recording! Also, check out another RCA treasure: Sans Tambour Ni Trompette to see Solal working with two great inspiring basses.

Again, Mel, thanks for your endeavor!

-----Greeting from China

Anonymous said...

Thank you mela... a nice post from a great album and fortunatelly with no Yanow review :-)


d3lta said...

Great Solal, thanks again! (and where's the Yanow review?) lol

Anonymous said...

Muchísimas gracias. He conocido a Solal acá; increíble músico.

Davidscott789 said...



Dear friends, Any chance of a re-up on this one? Just stumbled across Solal yesterday. I am knocked out! Thanks!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Merci. Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!