Piano Month on MPS Records: Three Martial Solal re-issues from the 70's

Born in Algeria in 1927, French pianist Martial Solal ranks at the top of the European jazz pantheon. Trained as a classical pianist, he discovered jazz at the age of 12 and never looked back. An internationally acclaimed musician who has worked with the music's "who's who", he has played and recorded at such hallowed jazz settings as the Newport Jazz Festival and New York's Village Vanguard. Noted for his virtuosity, unique stylistic approach, and the originality of his compositions, Solal stands as one of the giants of the instrument.

Martial Solal - Nothing But Piano
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.

Martial Solal - Four Keys
Martial Solal pairs up with three acknowledged jazz masters. From his early work with pianist Lennie Tristano and participation in Miles Davis' legendary 'Birth of the Cool' recordings, on through to work with the likes of Charlie Hayden, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has remained at the forefront of jazz stylists. First gaining fame with the Billy Cobham/George Duke band, then with Miles Davis, guitarist John Scofield has woven his way through a myriad of styles and influenced a whole generation of players. Niels-Henning Pederson counts as one of Europe's greatest bassists. This album affords a listen to the complex beauty of Solal as composer as well as player.

Martial Solal - Suite For Trio
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.

Release Date: January 15th, 2016
(Exclusively on iTunes)

MPS Records
New Digital Releases
Distribution: Edel:Kultur/ Kontor New Media

- Mastered for iTunes
- 24-bit-Transfer from original master tapes
- produced by Dirk Sommer

Martial Solal - Nothing But Piano // 1976 Martial Solal (piano)
Martial Solal - Four Keys // 1979 Lee Konitz (Alto Saxophone), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (Bass), John Scofield (Guitar), Martial Solal (Piano)
Martial Solal - Suite For Trio // 1978 Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen (Bass), Daniel Humair (Drums), Martial Solal (Piano)

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