Aged To Perfection

Pianist Martial Solal and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin's places in jazz history are assured. Their distinguished contributions to an enormous amount of recordings have seen to that.

But the two crafty veterans (both 72) aren't content to rest on their laurels. On In & Out, their latest Dreyfus recording, the two strike a beautiful balance between the heartfelt and heart-filled.

There are many treats throughout In & Out, most notably Griffin's "Come With Me" (RealAudio excerpt) and Solal's "Neutralisme." Nowhere is Griffin's lyrical playing style more evident then on "When You're in My Arms" (RealAudio excerpt).

A graceful repose swings through "Hey Now" and "You Stepped Out of a Dream," which features dizzying arpeggios by Solal. The high point of the album is Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't," which the duo invest with some fresh twists.