Martial Solal & Johnny Griffin: You Stepped Out of A Dream
You Stepped Out of A Dream
In & Out (Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36610-2)
Composed by Nacio Herb Brown & Gus Kahn.
Recorded: Paris, June 29-July 1, 1999
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Those two veterans, despite both living in France and being about the best you can get on their respective instruments, had never recorded together before this session. In fact, Solal is not really the kind of pianist that bop saxophonists look for now, nor does he look for them, although he was a mainstay for U.S. horn players stopping in Paris during the 1950s. Anyway, this encounter is just a miracle. Griffin shows his mellow side rather than his usual "little giant" raunchy routine, and his melodic invention is huge. Solal produces constant fireworks of rhythmic and harmonic surprises. But his aim is good music and contrast with his partner, not to show off, and their version of this standard can easily compete with the best.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum