- A Frail Dance
- Exposition Sans Tableau
Martial Solal - Piano, Composer
Claude Egea & Eric Le Lann - Trumpet
Claudia Solal - Voice
Denis Leloup & Marc Roger - Trombones
Francois Thuilliez - Tuba
Thomas Grimmonprez - Percussion
Jean-Philippe Morel - Bass & Bass Guitar
This record contains some
brilliant writing for a ten piece band by
Martial Solal and a performance of outstanding
quality by some brilliant musicians, both
in their ensemble playing and in their solos.
These works must be quite difficult to perform,
but the musicians are well up to the task
and as one would expect, Solal’s own contributions
are significant throughout.
There is just one problem,
despite threatening to break out on many occasions,
the band is not allowed to swing in the way
I am sure it would if it had the chance! To
me jazz has to swing or it’s not jazz!
I do not wish to detract
however from the compositions or their performance.
The sleeve notes are all
in French and despite reference to an English
version on the web site nothing exists at
present. The label however has some fine CDs
in its catalogue.