Sidney Bechet & Martial Solal: All The Things You Are


All The Things You Are


Sidney Bechet (soprano sax) and Martial Solal (piano)


Sidney Bechet-Martial Solal Quartet featuring Kenny Clarke (BMG 74321881122)

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Sidney Bechet (soprano sax), Martial Solal (piano), Kenny Clarke (drums),

Pierre Michelot (bass)


Composed by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein III


Recorded: Paris, June 17, 1957


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

It must have seemed strange, in the late stages of a "war" between jazz traditionalists and supporters of the bop revolution, to pair a New Orleans-born veteran and an up-and-coming young virtuoso who was soon to become one of Europe's leading modern pianists. Plus a rhythm team that Martial Solal more than Sidney Bechet was familiar with, and which six months later would also support Miles Davis on the famed soundtrack of Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958; released in the USA as Elevator to the Gallows). But Bechet was such an icon in his adopted homeland of France that he could afford to do anything and was revered by every musician. Here he basically stays very close to the melody, with his huge sound and plentiful vibrato, and lets Solal toy around with the harmonies in a playful, witty way that the pianist even uses when he comps behind his unwavering elder. Not much of an encounter, indeed, but still a very interesting example of musical co-tenancy.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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