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All Music Guide - Alain Drouot
Despite the movie's fame and the quality of the score, this remains the first and only collaboration between Martial Solal and director Jean-Luc Godard. The pianist took advantage of this unexpected opportunity to experiment with strings for the first time. The score mostly consists of variations on a five-note theme. Punctuated by efficient interventions of the vibes for drama, the pieces match the movie's hurried pace, nimbleness, and attention to details. Recorded in 1960, it is interesting to witness how French jazz musicians had been incorporating idioms at the contact of American musicians living in Paris -- and they do swing. According to Martial Solal, his music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alain Drouot
Despite the movie's fame and the quality of the score, this remains the first and only collaboration between Martial Solal and director Jean-Luc Godard. The pianist took advantage of this unexpected opportunity to experiment with strings for the first time. The score mostly consists of variations on a five-note theme. Punctuated by efficient interventions of the vibes for drama, the pieces match the movie's hurried pace, nimbleness, and attention to details. Recorded in 1960, it is interesting to witness how French jazz musicians had been incorporating idioms at the contact of American musicians living in Paris -- and they do swing. According to Martial Solal, his music would not have garnered any attention without its association to the movie. While one can agree on the fact that the music is not exceptional, it nevertheless offers enough substance to sustain interest. The CD reissue also features a newly recorded solo piano rendition of the main theme with Solal making deft use of angularity and dissonance, as well as pieces written for four other movies. The latter compositions are in the same vein with one exception, "Générique," a twist that Solal had to write to please director Jean Becker. This is a welcome reissue of historical value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2008
  • Label: Emarcy Import
  • UPC: 044001718328
  • Catalog Number: 017183
  • Sales rank: 72,806

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martial Solal Primary Artist
Daniel Humair Drums
Pierre Gossez Alto Saxophone
Roger Guerin Trumpet
Paul Rovère Basse
Michael A. Hauser Vibes
Technical Credits
Daniel Humair Soliste
Pierre Gossez Soliste
Roger Guerin Soliste
Paul Rovère Soliste
Michael A. Hauser Soliste
Gilles Guerlet Graphic Design
Jérôme Witz Graphic Design
Alexis Frenkel Mastering
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