December 3rd, 2010, 09:45 AM
December 3rd, 2010, 09:48 AM
Hmm. Well, I guess we all have different sets of ears. That's cool.
Originally Posted by jagor
I have the Improvise pour France Musique set, and I like it -- though I do like his trio and duo work best.
I agree with Tom; I think "witty" is an excellent description of his playing. And extremely inventive. Solal definitely comes across to me as unique -- not "cerebral" (in the pejorative sense) or and certainly not soul-less, but definitely different. And that's one of the things that I like about him.
I like Richie Beirach too -- and people sometimes accuse him of being excessive refined or "cerebral" but I don't hear that either.
But, like I said, we all hear things differently!
December 3rd, 2010, 12:10 PM
Agreeing to Disagree about Solal
For HutchFan, I'm glad that we agree to disagree about Martial Solal.
But as for Beirach--now he's another one I can't stand! I got his Maybeck recital and liked it very much [it seems that nobody ever played badly at Maybeck]. Then I bought that thing he did about Antarctica because some reviewer had waxed rapturous about it and rated it ***** and I could hardly finish listening to it. It reminded me of a cat walking back and forth on the keyboard. If that's jazz, then I'm a monkey's uncle. Fortunately, I had only paid 5 euros for it in a cut-out bin and I was able to sell it for more than I paid for it.
For V1P, I'm glad that we agree.
For Tom K, I don't consider "blues clichés" to be a definition of good piano jazz, or any other jazz. See my nominees on the thread about "three favorite pianists." Each of my three was distinguished by a unique and instantly-recognizable style and none of them were noted for their "blues clichés."
August 23rd, 2012, 11:33 AM
Bumping this thread because Ted Panken has just published a fascinating "blindfold test" and interview with Martial Solal on his blog at http://tedpanken.wordpress.com/2012/...vieto-in-2009/
In the blindfold test, Solal bags on several pianists -- including Ellington (!), McCoy Tyner, and Ahmad Jamal. But I don't sense that he's doing it to be mean-spirited. He just doesn't mince words; if he doesn't like the recording, he's going to be straight-up about it.
I think the interview is even more interesting. Here's my favorite quote:
"In my music, I like a mixture of very modern and very traditional. I don’t like any art that forgets everything that happened before. Like when free jazz came, I was not against free jazz. I was against the idea of put everything away. Not Charlie Parker, not Louis Armstrong, this is zero. This I didn’t like. But I understood the movement. I understood it was necessary. But for me, the best way is to use everything which exists. I have been interested in contemporary music for years. I have played with different contemporary composers. But I don’t like people who refuse the past. I think the past is necessary for the future. That’s my idea."
I can hear that idea -- the new and the old together in a new way -- in Solal's music.
By coolidge in forum General Music Discussion
Last Post: January 20th, 2005, 05:04 PM
By TheVibesGuy in forum Musician 2 Musician
Last Post: September 29th, 2004, 05:08 AM
By NewJazz4Mike in forum Artists & Bands
Last Post: July 7th, 2004, 01:06 PM
By 1ngram in forum General Music Discussion
Last Post: June 10th, 2004, 04:36 PM
By dsmallio in forum Releases, Recommendations & Reviews
Last Post: June 9th, 2004, 02:25 PM
LEARN MORE | DOWNLOAD NOW - FREE
Download the Jazz Near You app - Free!
Never miss another jazz concert again! Jazz Near You is a simple yet powerful way for fans to discover who is playing where and when. Discover local jazz events by date, by venue or by musician; map to venues, share events on Facebook and Twitter, and get detailed information about musicians. Jazz Near You is your complete guide to jazz music near you! Download it.
All About Jazz | Jazz Near You | Jazz Musician Directory | Jazz News | Jazz Photo Gallery