Pittsburgh

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
On Pittsburgh, an ambitious tribute to his late mother and his hometown, Ahmad Jamal enlists the help of Chicago-based arranger Richard Evans -- a more familiar presence in soul-jazz's '60s heyday than in 1989, alas -- to decorate five of his compositions and Jimmy Heath's "Mellowdrama," while soloing alone on two others. While Jamal can summon forth all of the bravura resources of his piano technique on pieces like "Foolish Ways" and "Divertimento," he often chooses economy instead, relying on the trademark ostinatos of his rhythm section James Cammack on bass; David Bowler on drums for momentum. Evans' orchestrations, always elegant and lean, fit like gloves onto ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
On Pittsburgh, an ambitious tribute to his late mother and his hometown, Ahmad Jamal enlists the help of Chicago-based arranger Richard Evans -- a more familiar presence in soul-jazz's '60s heyday than in 1989, alas -- to decorate five of his compositions and Jimmy Heath's "Mellowdrama," while soloing alone on two others. While Jamal can summon forth all of the bravura resources of his piano technique on pieces like "Foolish Ways" and "Divertimento," he often chooses economy instead, relying on the trademark ostinatos of his rhythm section James Cammack on bass; David Bowler on drums for momentum. Evans' orchestrations, always elegant and lean, fit like gloves onto Jamal's compositions, enhancing rather than intruding, often following the contours of the melodic lines. This CD has captured both the character and the shaping hand of Jamal and the distinct sound of Evans, and they are a perfect match in this at-times-exquisite piece of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431772126
  • Catalog Number: 7721
  • Sales rank: 103,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pittsburgh (7:03)
  2. 2 Bellows (8:50)
  3. 3 Mellowdrama (6:37)
  4. 4 Foolish Ways (3:33)
  5. 5 Divertimento (5:16)
  6. 6 Cycles (8:08)
  7. 7 Fly Away (7:25)
  8. 8 Apple Avenue (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmad Jamal Primary Artist, Piano
David Bowler Drums
James Cammack Bass
Technical Credits
Ahmad Jamal Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Richard Evans Producer, Orchestration
Tunc Erim Executive Producer
Dennis King Mastering
Bob Bennett Engineer
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