Blue Moon: The New York Session/The Paris Concert

Blue Moon: The New York Session/The Paris Concert

by Ahmad Jamal
     
 

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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 onSee more details below

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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:
02/14/2012
Label:
Jazz Village
UPC:
3149027000123
catalogNumber:
570001
Rank:
32498

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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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