Martial Solal: piano
François Moutin: bass
Louis Moutin: drums
Martial Solal meets the Moutin brothers: an exquisite encounter that transcends generations.
"On this wonderful record, Martial Solal navigates the longitudes and latitudes of music with supreme command and assurance. There are few greater pleasures in life than listening to this master at work. Here he is heard in a trio setting, in the company of his long-time collaborators, Francois and Louis Moutin." [Dan Morgenstern]
All About Jazz
Rarely breaking the five minute mark and often running less than four, Solal's writing is a combination of frightening complexity and open-ended spontaneity. Navigating the bumpy road of "Monostome" may be as much a challenge to hear as it is to play, but its "time, no changes" center, with the Moutin brothers swinging hard and fast, is a marvel of solo construction, as Solal blends fleet-fingered runs and occasional harmonized passages that act like punctuation marks between segments. Elsewhere, on "Navigation," the time appears more flexible, though when the trio comes together for a visceral groove, it's clear there's more going on compositionally than meets the eye.
The Moutins may be a generation or two younger than Solal, but they're no less versed in the tradition, with François quoting Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" during his solo on the opening "Slightly Bluesy." With another death-defying theme to get through before opening up, Solal's solo is a unique confluence that's as free-flowing as it gets but remains somehow linked to the mainstream, if only by the thinnest of threads. And it's a mistake, really, to consider any feature for François Moutin a solo, as the interplay with his brother makes it more of a duet.
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