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September 1, 2007


Sidney Bechet/Martial Solal Quartet (BMG/Media). In 1957, Sidney Bechet, who was already playing jazz in New Orleans when Louis Armstrong was still in kneepants, recorded an album of standards with a pair of modern rhythm sections that featured Martial Solal on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums. Some found the pairing incongruous, but Bechet had always had open ears--he'd been recording such harmonically sophisticated ballads as "Laura" and "Love for Sale" as early as the Forties--and the contrast between his straight-from-the-shoulder soprano-sax solos and the bebop backing of Solal and his colleagues is electrifying (TT).

Posted September 1, 2007 8:34 AM

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