Blue Moon: The New York Session/The Paris Concert

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Still going strong at the age of 81, legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal's love letter to his favorite Broadway, Hollywood, and Great American Songbook classics, Blue Moon, is arguably one of his most accomplished efforts since his Chess/Impulse! heyday. The Pittsburgh virtuoso, once credited by Miles Davis as a major influence on his career, shows that age is no barrier to invention with six exquisite reworkings of postwar standards, from a romantic orchestral take on the title track to Otto Preminger's 1944 film Laura to a delicately whimsical interpretation of Charlie Parker's "Gypsy." Jamal's improvised cluster of chords remains as expressive and sprightly as ever, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Still going strong at the age of 81, legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal's love letter to his favorite Broadway, Hollywood, and Great American Songbook classics, Blue Moon, is arguably one of his most accomplished efforts since his Chess/Impulse! heyday. The Pittsburgh virtuoso, once credited by Miles Davis as a major influence on his career, shows that age is no barrier to invention with six exquisite reworkings of postwar standards, from a romantic orchestral take on the title track to Otto Preminger's 1944 film Laura to a delicately whimsical interpretation of Charlie Parker's "Gypsy." Jamal's improvised cluster of chords remains as expressive and sprightly as ever, but it's when drummer Herlin Riley, who along with bassist Reginald Veal Wynton Marsalis and percussionist Manolo Badrena Weather Report form the backbone of the record, is allowed to let loose that they really spring to life, from the syncopated grooves of the epic 13-minute adaptation of A Life of Her Own's "Invitation," to the Latin rhythms on the title track and Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody'n You," to the surprisingly contemporary R&B beats of Golden Boy show tune "This Is the Life." The simmering lounge pop of "Autumn Rain," the delicate "Morning Mist," and the tender solo "I Remember Italy," a Debussy-esque number inspired by his many travels, all of which are original compositions, are equally majestic. But it's his interpretative skills that ensure Blue Moon will go down as one of Jamal's modern greats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Jazz Village
  • EAN: 3149027000123
  • Catalog Number: 570001
  • Sales rank: 10,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Autumn Rain (7:37)
  2. 2 Blue Moon (9:55)
  3. 3 Gypsy (5:13)
  4. 4 Invitation (13:13)
  5. 5 I Remember Italy (13:07)
  6. 6 Laura (6:29)
  7. 7 Morning Mist (8:19)
  8. 8 This Is the Life (7:08)
  9. 9 Woody'n You (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmad Jamal Primary Artist, Piano
Herlin Riley Drums
Reginald Veal Double Bass
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Ahmad Jamal Composer, Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Billy Reid Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Todd Winmill Engineer
Lee Adams Composer
Laura Hess-Hay Management
Maurice Montoya Booking
Lorenzo Hart Composer
Catherine Vallon-Barry Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Booking
Seydou Barry Executive Producer, Booking
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