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Ballades

Ahmad Jamal

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Remarkably, at 89 years young, pianist Ahmad Jamal is still making fine records. Imbued with sage experience and erudite taste, Jamal has an unerring sense of what still moves him and what he still wants to express. Though nowhere near the late career masterpiece of his 2016 release Marseille these mostly solo outtakes—recorded during that album's sessions—are very personal snapshots of the moment rather than any artistic statement. Ballades is Jamal noodling; his still fantastic touch on the keys and elastic blending of melody and rhythm make it worth a listen. The pianist, who first gained fame in 1958 with the release of At the Pershing, opens this set with a spacious solo take of Marseille's title track. A wry, relaxed version of "Poinciana" unfolds from his long connection to this signature tune. He's joined by longtime bassist James Cammack on three tracks, including an effective mashup between Rodgers & Hart's "Spring is Here" and Bill Evans' "Your Story." For those seeking undeniable evidence of Jamal's still vital genius there's the spontaneously composed and recorded "Because I Love You." The shimmering version of the Johnny Mercer/Johnny Mandel song, "Emily" which closes the album is a classic example of the unbridled imagination and formidable instrumental chops that Jamal can bring when playing by, and one suspects, for himself. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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1
Marseille
00:04:55

Ahmad Jamal, Composer, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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2
Because I Love You
00:06:00

Ahmad Jamal, Composer, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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3
I Should Care
00:03:24

Cahn, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Weston, Composer - Stordahl, Composer - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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4
Poinciana
00:04:28

Simon, Composer - Bernier, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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5
Land of Dreams
00:02:15

Norman Gimbel, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Eddie Heywood, Composer - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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6
What's New
00:04:52

Johnny Burke, Composer - Bob Haggart, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

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7
So Rare
00:03:04

Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer - Herst & Sharpe, Composer

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8
Whisperings
00:03:29

Ahmad Jamal, Composer, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

2019 JAZZ VILLAGE 2019 JAZZ VILLAGE

9
Spring is Here / Your Story
00:05:00

Bill Evans, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - RODGERS & HART, Composer - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

2019 JAZZ VILLAGE 2019 JAZZ VILLAGE

10
Emily
00:04:20

Johnny Mercer, Composer - JOHNNY MANDEL, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Vincent Mahey, MixingEngineer

2019 JAZZ VILLAGE 2019 JAZZ VILLAGE

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Remarkably, at 89 years young, pianist Ahmad Jamal is still making fine records. Imbued with sage experience and erudite taste, Jamal has an unerring sense of what still moves him and what he still wants to express. Though nowhere near the late career masterpiece of his 2016 release Marseille these mostly solo outtakes—recorded during that album's sessions—are very personal snapshots of the moment rather than any artistic statement. Ballades is Jamal noodling; his still fantastic touch on the keys and elastic blending of melody and rhythm make it worth a listen. The pianist, who first gained fame in 1958 with the release of At the Pershing, opens this set with a spacious solo take of Marseille's title track. A wry, relaxed version of "Poinciana" unfolds from his long connection to this signature tune. He's joined by longtime bassist James Cammack on three tracks, including an effective mashup between Rodgers & Hart's "Spring is Here" and Bill Evans' "Your Story." For those seeking undeniable evidence of Jamal's still vital genius there's the spontaneously composed and recorded "Because I Love You." The shimmering version of the Johnny Mercer/Johnny Mandel song, "Emily" which closes the album is a classic example of the unbridled imagination and formidable instrumental chops that Jamal can bring when playing by, and one suspects, for himself. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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