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a reference in the blues piano

Mar 04, 2019

Right from his very first work with the band Stay Blues and his first solo album "Tracks" going through "Paul's Moods", "Single" with the French drummer Romain Gratalon and finally reaching "A French Session". Paul San Martín is part of that cast of classical musicians who know the importance of black music in general and the Blues in particular, dedicating themselves to deepen, investigate and finally cultivate this musical tradition over the years with an unusual mastery. which has become an obligatory reference as a pianist and singer throughout the national scene.

 

A record is a result of years on the road and innumerable collaborations with great artists, tours and participations in numerous recording sessions, but specially   due to this pianist and singer from San Sebastian musical maturity and talent. Recorded during just two live sessions at Big Spoon Records studio owned by bassist Abdell B. Bop who along with drummer Romain Gratalon configure the project in a trio format in addition to the collaborations of Tejerizo Sylvain on sax and Texan guitarist Chris Ruest.              

"A French Session" is a fundamentally an organic and honest album that has all the necessary ingredients to become a Blues piano manual with a remarkable influence of New Orleans music. Paul´s  tours around the French circuit over the years might be responsible for not only  his unique style when it comes to play but leaving an evident influence right from the beginning with "What Can I Do" with  Tejerizo Sylvain on sax and the classic "New Early In The Morning" by Sonny Boy Williamson I in shuffle time  both with undeniable Louisiana accent going through  Boogie Woogie in "Got to Get to My Baby" with Mississippi piano player Sunnyland Slim signature. We visit the French Quarter again with a magnificent cover of the classic "Tipitinas" by the great Professor Longhair. In "Bumble Boogie" Paul pays tribute to American pianist Jack Fina and his recreation of the classic piece by the composer Nikolai Rimski-Kórsakov. "Too many dirty dishes" by Albert Collins takes us to slow Blues time, where Paul unfolds all his potential as a vocalist. The band returns to shuffle on Earl Hooker's "This Little Voice" with the great Texan guitarist Chris Ruest. Ending with a “Hey Pocky A-Way" cover.