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  1. Night Lights anticipated pianist Martial Solal's 90th birthday today with a program last week devoted to his 1950s and early 60s recordings: Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years Bon anniversaire, Monsieur Solal!
  2. Much too cumbersome to try and find any general Stan Getz thread (I think there's none or it was closed - there's a multi-page-thread on "where's the Stan Getz thread", so there's that) ... either way, this came out as part of the on-going "Live in Paris" collection by Frémeaux. Great series with releases by, among others, Duke Ellington, Les McCann, JATP, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk etc. - there's also a website that includes a few additional, DL only items (Lou Bennett Trio w/Klook and guest Barney Wilen - how's that for cool?!): Latest in the series is a generously filled disc by Stan Getz, recorded mostly (#1-9) on January 3, 1959 at the Olympia Theater in Paris, the rest (#10-12) originating from a radio studio session ("probably first week of January 1959"). The band may be the best Getz had during his extended European sojourn of that time (he got married in Sweden, among other things, releases from the period include "Stan Getz at Large", "In Sweden 1958-60", "Live in Zurich", "Stan Getz at Nalen", "Stan Getz at Nalen - Featuring Jan Johansson", and "Polish Radio Jazz Archives 01 - Stan Getz & Andrzej Trzawskowski Trio"). Stan Getz (ts), Jimmy Gourley (g), Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d) Solal gets several trio features, Gourley is providing some fine solos, so does the leader ... Klook, Michelot and Solal keep things very, very lively. Sound is pretty okay, some phasing issues on the cymbals here and there, but generally it's very listenable. And on top of all that, the French stage presenter announces "Miss Stan Getz" on tenor sax at the end of the opening "Cherokee" Repertoire is fairly standard, with Bop classics (Cherokee, 'Round Midnight, The Squirrel, Yardbird Suite) standards (All the Things You Are, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Tenderly, Too Marvelous for Words, Over the Rainbow) and a few other classics (Lover Man, Topsy).