A Quiet Time

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Well into his golden years, Ahmad Jamal continues to tour and record with the vigor of a man half his age. What is also evident is that his artistic sense is as high as it has ever been, as he consistently doles out fresh new melodies charged by his extraordinary talent, which is hardly reined in. A Quiet Time might be a bit deceiving in that there's plenty of Jamal's energy to go around on this set of originals and two standards, sans ballads except for the finale "I Hear a Rhapsody." With longtime partners in bassist James Cammack and drummer Kenny Washington, Jamal breeds the utmost confidence that his music succeeds on the upper end of modern mainstream jazz. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Well into his golden years, Ahmad Jamal continues to tour and record with the vigor of a man half his age. What is also evident is that his artistic sense is as high as it has ever been, as he consistently doles out fresh new melodies charged by his extraordinary talent, which is hardly reined in. A Quiet Time might be a bit deceiving in that there's plenty of Jamal's energy to go around on this set of originals and two standards, sans ballads except for the finale "I Hear a Rhapsody." With longtime partners in bassist James Cammack and drummer Kenny Washington, Jamal breeds the utmost confidence that his music succeeds on the upper end of modern mainstream jazz. Percussionist Manolo Badrena (ex-Weather Report) spices up the music without overt Latin overtures, and balances the swing inherent in Jamal's style. When you hear Jamal's fast and loose but controlled "Paris After Dark" in swinging or heavy modal context, you know your are listening to an undisputed master craftsman at work. The bouncy track "Flight to Russia" has Cammack's bass locked in tight with the others, while Jamal's bright dancing lines across the keyboard during "Tranquility," and his heavy-to-lighter traipsing of notes for the title track indicate that this pianist has plenty in the tank in terms of sheer artistry. While he does a rather polite version of Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly," the contemporary beat of "The Blooming Flower" suggests it is an updated version of his all-time favorite "Poinciana." More of his originals include the cascading freedom exuded in "Poetry" as notes tumble from waterfalls, while the lilting to free to tick-tock pace of "After JALC" proves Jamal can shift gears at will effortlessly. There's nothing even remotely mediocre or rote about this effort, as Ahmad Jamal proves once again his viability to play jazz piano music is still on the rise, and inspired beyond most mortals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • UPC: 764911694528
  • Catalog Number: 36945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paris After Dark (4:56)
  2. 2 The Love Is Lost (4:02)
  3. 3 Flight to Russia (7:45)
  4. 4 Poetry (6:02)
  5. 5 Hi Fly (8:20)
  6. 6 My Inspiration (5:15)
  7. 7 After JALC (Jazz at Lincoln Center) (6:26)
  8. 8 A Quiet Time (6:33)
  9. 9 Tranquility (7:22)
  10. 10 The Blooming Flower (4:29)
  11. 11 I Hear a Rhapsody (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmad Jamal Primary Artist, Piano
Kenny Washington Drums
Manolo Badrena Percussion
James Cammack Bass
Technical Credits
Ahmad Jamal Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Randy Weston Composer
Francis Dreyfus Producer
Paul Orofino Mastering
Eugene Holley Jr. Liner Notes
Jack Baker Composer
George Fragos Composer
Dick Gasparre Composer
Todd Winmill Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good!

    It TOOK a few playings for me to warm up to it, however. As I realized and better recognized the musical materials used to shape this record and of Jamal's intention to comment and/or dismantle them...then I began to truly enjoy this CD! Give it a few playings, and see for yourself!

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