The Essence, Pt. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Mostly recorded in Paris, with two additional tracks from New York, this absorbing collection is a testament to the continuing ability of Ahmad Jamal to startle and engage jazz listeners who are tired of Tyner/Evans clones and want to hear something different. An equal mixture of standards and Jamal compositions, some of which move through several contrasting sections, this CD reaches its peaks when Jamal and company dive in and work around a single bass ostinato and a propulsive rhythm groove. Bassists James Cammack Paris and Jamil Nasser New York provide the former, drummer Idris Muhammad and percussionist Manolo Badrena are in charge of the latter, and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Mostly recorded in Paris, with two additional tracks from New York, this absorbing collection is a testament to the continuing ability of Ahmad Jamal to startle and engage jazz listeners who are tired of Tyner/Evans clones and want to hear something different. An equal mixture of standards and Jamal compositions, some of which move through several contrasting sections, this CD reaches its peaks when Jamal and company dive in and work around a single bass ostinato and a propulsive rhythm groove. Bassists James Cammack Paris and Jamil Nasser New York provide the former, drummer Idris Muhammad and percussionist Manolo Badrena are in charge of the latter, and a tough-sounding George Coleman turns up on tenor on the New York tracks. One fascinating quirk -- Jamal seemed fixated upon Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" at these sessions, for he quotes the tune several times on the album. These sessions were so fruitful that Verve was able to serve up a tasty second helping a year later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 3460503700727
  • Catalog Number: 903863
  • Sales rank: 156,547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flight (6:29)
  2. 2 Toulouse (6:55)
  3. 3 The Essence (10:10)
  4. 4 Lover Man (5:45)
  5. 5 Catalina (6:40)
  6. 6 Autumn Leaves (6:56)
  7. 7 Street of Dreams (5:33)
  8. 8 Bahia (6:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmad Jamal Primary Artist, Piano
George Coleman Tenor Saxophone
Jamil Nasser Bass
Manolo Badrena Percussion
James Cammack Bass
Idris Muhammad Drums
Technical Credits
Ahmad Jamal Arranger
Jim Anderson Engineer
Jean-François Deiber Producer
Alain Français Engineer, Mastering
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Beverly Harris Contributor
Cheung Ching Ming Cover Photo
Jacques Beneich Cover Photo
Patrice Beausejour Art Direction
Joan Pace Contributor
Jimmy Davis Composer
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