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It's Magic (Limited Edition)

Ahmad Jamal

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Ahmad Jamal's minimalist style has served him well throughout his career, as he enjoys making frequent sudden detours in the midst of a performance, with his intuitive rhythm section able to adapt on the fly. His longtime bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammad are joined by Latin percussionist Manolo Badrena for these 2007 sessions. The half-dozen originals include the curious "Back to the Island," which blends a calypso air (while interpolating "Ol' Man River" and "Hot House" in his solo) with Latin flavor and even a bit of an Irish jig in spots, along with the dark, exotic "Arabesque," which sounds as if it might have been adapted from an impressionist composer in classical music. Jamal also works wonders with standards, including a lush, dramatic solo rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight" and a leisurely "It's Magic" that adds a few of his trademark flourishes. Even though Ahmad Jamal can sometimes rely a bit too heavily on song quotes (his insertion of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" into "Dynamo" comes off a bit ham-handed), jazz piano fans will enjoy this release.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
Dynamo
00:04:06

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MasteringEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

2
Swahililand
00:03:59

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, Writer, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MixingEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

3
Back to the Island
00:05:53

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MixingEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

4
It's Magic
00:04:58

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MasteringEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

5
Wild Is the Wind / Sing
00:09:12

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MixingEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

6
The Way You Look Tonight
00:03:17

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MixingEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

7
Arabesque
00:07:30

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, Writer, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MasteringEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

8
Papillon
00:06:28

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MasteringEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

9
Fitnah
00:08:33

Ahmad Jamal, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Orofino, Editor, MasteringEngineer - James Cammack, Bass - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Idris Muhammad, Drums - Francis Dreyfus, Producer - Didier Houbre, RecordingEngineer - Francine Deiber-Massart, Producer - Patrick Gontiés, RecordingEngineer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 JFD Production under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

10
Fantastic Vehicle
00:02:35

Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist - Joe Kennedy Jr, Composer

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2007 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

11
Our Delight
00:03:15

Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2007 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

12
Poor Pierrot
00:03:18

Ahmad Jamal, MainArtist

© 2008 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2007 JFD Productions under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

Album Description

Ahmad Jamal's minimalist style has served him well throughout his career, as he enjoys making frequent sudden detours in the midst of a performance, with his intuitive rhythm section able to adapt on the fly. His longtime bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammad are joined by Latin percussionist Manolo Badrena for these 2007 sessions. The half-dozen originals include the curious "Back to the Island," which blends a calypso air (while interpolating "Ol' Man River" and "Hot House" in his solo) with Latin flavor and even a bit of an Irish jig in spots, along with the dark, exotic "Arabesque," which sounds as if it might have been adapted from an impressionist composer in classical music. Jamal also works wonders with standards, including a lush, dramatic solo rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight" and a leisurely "It's Magic" that adds a few of his trademark flourishes. Even though Ahmad Jamal can sometimes rely a bit too heavily on song quotes (his insertion of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" into "Dynamo" comes off a bit ham-handed), jazz piano fans will enjoy this release.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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