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A Quiet Time

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The master and the zenith of modern piano, Ahmad Jamal, now at 79 years old, offers another brilliant recording in the pantheon of his legacy with A QUIET TIME, out on Dreyfus Jazz.

On A Quiet Time, James Cammack's butter-thick bass lines and Manolo Badrena's atmospheric percussion provide the leader with the kind of simpatico support he's come to expect from his cohorts over the years, buoyed by Kenny Washington's in-the-pocket drumming, on his first recording with Jamal (in a drum chair that included New Orleans masters like Vernel Fournier, Herlin Riley, and Idris Muhammad).

The CD's eleven tracks are all laced with Jamal's bottomless reservoir of inventions and dimensions, pulsed by that rhythmic gravity we call swing. Save for the ballad standard "I Hear a Rhapsody," which Jamal first recorded in 1966, and an invigorating, martial rendition of his good friend Randy Weston's "Hi Fly," the rest of the selections were composed by the leader, the majority of them, from 1997 to 2009. The title track, "Paris After Dark," Flight to Russia," "My Inspiration" dance and trance with Jamalian Latin tinges. "The Love is Lost," "The Blooming Flower," "Poetry" and "After JALC (Jazz at Lincoln Center)," highlight Jamal's signature mastery of waltz, 4/4 swing, and impressionistic ballad idioms. "Tranquility," a Jamal classic originally recorded in 1968, is reborn here with more intricate, labyrinthine arrangement that expands on the original melodic line.

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"...these days everything about his playing is a bit sharper, a touch more vivid, a smidge more fanciful. A Quiet Time is filled with audacious maneuvers. Frequent tempo changes, sudden melody switcheroos and unexpected flourishes are the norm. Some are feints that broaden the music's character - zigging one way while zagging another. Each is subtly accomplished, complementary to its predecessor while offering an indavidualistic perspective. Several are guided by a steely sense of control that has long been part of the pianists artistic personality." -- Jim Macnie, DOWNBEAT - March 2010

A QUIET TIME - #1 on Jazz Week Radio Chart

Week of Feb 22, 2010 -- JazzWeek Radio Chart

Such a fun listen...After keeping this album on constant rotation for a week, I feel like this isn't just another entry in Jamal's catalog, but another high-quality, tell-all-your-friends-type release. -- David Amidon, Popmatters.com

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  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus Jazz
  • ASIN: B002YOJEFC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,960 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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