RADIO // Microgroove MusicMartial Solal, French Jazzman
Originally aired 1/21/08
Born in Algiers in 1927, French pianist Martial Solal was recognized early in his career as a jazzman of first rank. Although he's long been a favorite of cognoscenti, he remains an obscure figure for many jazz fans in the U.S. In 2007, celebrations of Solal's 80th birthday included a rare appearance in New York's Village Vanguard, where he performed solo piano improvisations; it was one of the great musical events of the decade. In celebration of that celebration, this edition of Microgroove Music presents examples of Solal's solo recordings from the 1970s, including a spectacular live performance from 1978 in Poland.
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