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Live in Paris 1992 Original recording reissued

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Ahmad Jamal has had a special relationship with Paris ever since his early performances there with Hampton Hawes. In 1992, he returned to this magical city to record this inspired live set.

Ahmad Jamal - Piano
James Cammack - Bass Guitar
David Bowler - Drums
Todd Coolman - Acoustinc Bass on 6
Gordon Lane - Drums on 6

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Tube
  2. Alone Together/Laura/Wild Is The Wind
  3. Caravan
  4. Easy Living
  5. Acorn
  6. Dreamy
  7. Appreciation
  8. Look For The Silver Lining
  9. The Aftermath


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B00009WVTE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher Forbes on April 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ahmad Jamal doesn't believe he's got chops....even now almost 50 years after he first hit the scene with his marvelous drummerless trios of the 50s, Jamal still believes he's a poor piano player. Good thing none of the rest of us believe him!

In the 1950s Jamal was famous for his initial piano trios which featured bass and guitar rather than drums. His concept was fresh and original, featuring lots of open space and understated grooves. Sometimes considered cocktail music by the critics, musicians knew better. In fact, Miles Davis, a musician never known to give much credit to others, credited Jamal as the inspiration of Miles' first classic style with the 1950s quintets and sextets. As the years have gone on, Jamal's style has changed. Though space has always remained a feature, his technique has become more sure and his pianistic textures much more adventurous.

Live in Paris is a document from a live concert at La Salle de Spectacles de Colombes in 1992. Most of the disc features a trio of James Cammack on fretless bass and David Bowler on drums, except for the track Dreamy which features a different rhythm section. The music is impeccably arranged as is common for all of Jamal's trio work. The presence of the fretless bass allows for a contemporary funky edge to the sound and pieces like the Tube and Caravan end up with heavy grooves in unusual meters. Jamal is amazing on the disc, from funky modal solos over one chord vamps to lush romantic piano harmony, he shows himself a master of the instrument. This is a disc to make the rest of us who play jazz piano want to go home and slit our wrists. Jamal's technique, artistry and feel for the idiom and instrument are unsurpassed.
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Trio with fretless (electric) bassist James Cammach and drummer David Bowler. I'd never heard of either of the sidemen, but they are very supportive and can definitely hang with Jamal. Some burning tunes with odd time signatures, as well as a couple of softies, and a really fresh, interesting version of Caravan. Great sound quality for the whole record; each instrument is punchy and crystal clear. Like the title says, this album was recorded in France in 1992, but Jamal sounds as youg as ever. His playing is beautiful on this album, and the other two players add so much to make this album simply great.
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Ahmad Jahmal is one these artists whose capacity of evoking reminds us to tat expressive piano poet, Thelonius Monk. And I think this comparison is not exaggerate. Jahmal ' s phrasing is a true invitation to make journey into the deepest roots about precisely jazz term means. He possesses that joy of living touch, an incredible display of color, an exuberant range of melodic vein that has deserved him the most eulogizing epithets.

This album "Live in Paris" talks by itself. Go for this rewarding album in which you will find all the vivid imagination and evocative mood of a sincere artist.
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Once you hear his music the melodies will last with you forever! It is a classic recording. I saw him perform ... 50 years ago; a delight.
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