HANDFULS OF KEYS: DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES MARTIAL SOLAL (and ANDRE HODEIR), EDDIE COSTA, and WILLIE “THE LION” SMITH (July 6, 2018)

Another visit with our favorite Jazz Eminence who, having spoken first of saxophonists Dexter Gordon here, Sonny Stitt, and Lee Konitz here, moves on to pianists Solal (with a digression to critic / violinist Hodeir), pianist-vibraphonist Costa, and pianist-force of nature Willie “the Lion” Smith . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a previous conversation Dan had spoken of Solal with great enthusiasm, so I followed his lead:

I also wondered what Dan knew of the brilliant, short-lived, multi-talented Eddie Costa:

and finally, for that afternoon, glimpses of Willie “the Lion” Smith:

Now, some music.

Martial Solal, 1963, playing Django (with whom he recorded) — accompanied by Teddy Kotick and Paul Motian.  (The sessions were recorded in New York City.):

Eddie Costa, Wendell Marshall, Paul Motian:

Willie “the Lion” Smith, 1965, introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton — accompanied by Brian Brocklehurst and Lennie Hastings.

Thank you so much, Mister Morgenstern!  More stories to come . . . Randy Weston, Jaki Byard, Ira Gitler, Slim Gaillard, Harry Lim, Jeff Atterton, Kiyoshi Kuyama . . . and others.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “HANDFULS OF KEYS: DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES MARTIAL SOLAL (and ANDRE HODEIR), EDDIE COSTA, and WILLIE “THE LION” SMITH (July 6, 2018)

  1. You can hear that Billy Ver Planck not-so-big band on this 2-CD set issued, or reissued, by Blue Sounds:

    https://www.freshsoundrecords.com/billy-ver-planck-albums/6583-and-his-orchestra-1957-1958-2-cd.html?search_query=billy+verplanck&results=1

  2. The chapter on Wells in Hodeir’s “Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence” is insightful and very well written. He wrote a subsequent book on jazz that I only briefly perused; it seemed to have fallen into that stereotypically French trench of dogma and cultural politics, a la Panassie.

  3. Don 'Zoot" Conner

    Thanks for posting more of Dan’s conversations;he is a walking jazz history book.I recently played a side by the old be-bopper,Joe Carroll entitled MAN WITH A HAPPY SOUND,circa 1950s,i think.Anyway The liner notes state that Dan was present and even named the session.Carroll goes on to say that when “New School Days” was done the audience,consisting of Dan,Herb Snitzer,A.B. Lindsey,Gloria Redondo,et al,”clapped,laughed and ended up doing the “twist’ to the music.Wonder if Dan remembers this.

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