Martial Solal and Joachim Kühn joined forces in 1975 for a duo piano concert during the debut of the Festival Independent de Massy. Both musicians enjoy showing off their right-handed runs in the opening to "Solar," before turning on the afterburners and really starting to wow the audience. The remaining two numbers are evidently on-the-spot duo improvisations, with "Journey Around the World" segueing through many different moods. "Musica 2000," a 19-minute excursion, is even more intense and clearly much further into the avant-garde camp. Throughout the concert, the two pianists are clearly inspired by each other. Released by Dreyfus in Europe, but not in the U.S., this recommended live CD may be somewhat difficult to acquire.
French jazz pianist Martial Solal's American recording debut took place at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, with his set recorded and initially released by RCA Victor, though it was deemed too short for release, so a few numbers recorded during his afternoon rehearsal were added to lengthen the album, with applause duplicated from other numbers. Joined by Bill Evans' former rhythm section, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Paul Motian (who also made up his trio during an extended gig at New York City's Hickory House prior to Newport), Solal blends Art Tatum-like runs with an inherent lyrical side in a decidedly advanced bop setting. In addition to his enjoyable arrangements of standards and timeless jazz compositions, his extended work "Suite Pour Une Frise" also merits praise. In spite of a CD reissue by Cloud 9 in 2004, this is still a rather difficult release to acquire.