Plays Ellington

Plays Ellington

by Martial Solal

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Plays Ellington

Incredibly, both at the time this was recorded and when it was released, the very fine French pianist and outstanding arranger Martial Solal was barely a blip on the radar screen in the United States, despite decades of output. Here, he produces one of the best dedications to Duke Ellington ever with total reworkings of some of the Duke's most famous compositions. Solal writes that his goal was ."..to show, by means of well-known pieces, that the job of the arranger is actually a compositional task." In this, he succeeds. By transforming such classics of the jazz repertoire as "Satin Doll," "Caravan," and "Take the 'A' Train," Solal's 12-piece (13 on "'A' Train") "Dodecaband" is the pianist's main instrument, his piano a close second. Snippets of melody are interweaved among entirely new constructs that retain the spirit of the originals but nonetheless offer new perspectives on the pieces. These are not simple arrangements but highly complex, thoroughly compelling works of art. Although the band had been around for more than a decade when this was recorded, few if any of its members -- other than Solal -- were likely to be recognized outside of France. The relatively few solo improvisations are first-rate, but it is Solal who steals the show here, as well, with characteristically inventive and original creations that offer endless streams of ideas. His arrangements are the centerpiece, and deservedly so.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Dreyfus
UPC: 0764911661322
catalogNumber: 36613

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martial Solal   Primary Artist,Piano
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Jean Louis Chautemps   Drums,Saxophone
Roger Guerin   Trumpet
Denis Leloup   Trombone
Umberto Pagnini   Drums
Tony Russo   Trumpet
Eric Le Lann   Trumpet
Jean-Pierre Solves   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Didier Havet   Tuba
Patrice Caratini   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Sylvain Beuf   Saxophone
François Merville   Drums

Technical Credits

Martial Solal   Arranger,Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Pierre Bornard   Engineer

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