Martial Solal with Lee Konitz – Four Keys (1979/2016)
LAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 690 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Front cover | © MPS
An all-star quartet (pianist Martial Solal, altoist Lee Konitz, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Niels Pedersen) explores seven diverse Solal originals that range from chamberlike pieces to fairly free group improvising. The results are often exciting if cool in both tone and volume. Thoughtful yet unpredictable music.
Martial Solal pairs up with three acknowledged jazz masters. From his early work with pianist Lennie Tristano and participation in Miles Davis’ legendary ‘Birth of the Cool’ recordings, on through to work with the likes of Charlie Hayden, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has remained at the forefront of jazz stylists. First gaining fame with the Billy Cobham/George Duke band, then with Miles Davis, guitarist John Scofield has woven his way through a myriad of styles and influenced a whole generation of players. Niels-Henning Pederson counts as one of Europe’s greatest bassists. This album affords a listen to the complex beauty of Solal as composer as well as player. Brain Stream has a Latin flair and fascinating Solal and Pederson solos, while Konitz and Scofield converge in a scintillating duo. There’s infectious impromptu play on Not Scheduled, and Grapes tastes of Dolphy and Monk as it leads into a relaxed yet challenging set of solos. Retro Active takes on the changes of ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’ at a brisk pace, with solos that show past, present and future sometimes converge, and Energy foments freedom with some adventurous ensemble play. Konitz’s poignantly beautiful play starts off Satar as each musician takes an unaccompanied solo. The locked-in group improvisation on Four Keys opens the door to finely balanced musical freedom. An amazing album featuring an unusual grouping of jazz greats.
01 – Brain Stream
02 – Not Scheduled
03 – Grapes
04 – Retro Active
05 – Energy
06 – Satar
07 – Four Keys
Produced & Engineered by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.
Recorded in May 1979 at MPS-Studio, Villingen, Germany.
Digitally Remastered in 2015.
Martial Solal – piano
John Scofield – guitar
Lee Konitz – alto saxophone
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass