MAR­TIAL SO­LAL

Lon­gi­tude

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - RAY COMISKEY

CamJazz If So­lal is the near­est con­tem­po­rary pi­anist to Ta­tum, he takes more chances, rhyth­mi­cally and har­mon­i­cally, than the late vir­tu­oso did. And, with the Moutin brothers, François (bass) and Louis (drums), So­lal has two with re­flexes sharp enough to fol­low his be­wil­der­ing changes of di­rec­tion. The an­gu­lar So­lal orig­i­nals (Slightly Bluesy, Lon­gi­tude, Bizarre, vous avez dit?, Short Cuts and Monos­tome) sup­port in­tense ques­tion-and-an­swer di­a­logues, with So­lal as the witty, creative ex­am­iner and the Moutins the gifted pupils. He does some­thing close to straight ahead, too, with a lovely bal­lad, So­lalti­tude, but per­haps his ap­par­ently bound­less imag­i­na­tion (and wit) is best ap­pre­ci­ated on the familiar but dis­ar­tic­u­lated Here’s That Rainy Day, Tea for Two and The Last Time I Saw Paris. The dazzle may not sat­isfy some, but then one man’s viand is an­other man’s pois­son. Or some­thing. www.CamJazz.com

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