Martial Solal: Here's That Rainy Day


Here's That Rainy Day


Martial Solal (piano)


Longitude (Cam Jazz 5029)

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Martial Solal (piano),

François Moutin (bass), Louis Moutin (drums)


Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke


Recorded: Paris, April 4-6, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Here's one version of "Rainy Day" where you can actually hear the storm. Martial Solal may have been almost 80 years old when he recorded this track, but he plays with the restless, probing energy of a much younger artist. This music is full of angular phrases and acerbic chords. Even his statement of the familiar Jimmy Van Heusen melody is indirect and attenuated. You may think that European pianism is mostly lyrical stylings, but Solal, the granddaddy of them all (he was gigging with Bechet and Django before the stars of the ECM roster were born) will quickly dispel that notion. This performance is like a ship on choppy waters -- you reach out and try to grab hold of something, and it quickly slides away. Many artists become rigid traditionalists as the decades advance, but Solal takes the opposite course, moving farther and farther out on a limb.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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