- Audio CD (September 10, 2013)
- Original Release Date: September 10, 2013
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: JAZZ VILLAGE
- ASIN: B00DEPVML4
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Saturday Morning Import
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Following on from the worldwide success of his album Blue Moon, the great Ahmad Jamal and his dream team are back with Saturday Morning - another instant classic made up of the kinds of ballads to which only Jamal holds the key. Every track is a moment of grace, shining like a star in the sky of American Classical Music. The album features a wonderful Duke Ellington cover and a tribute to Horace Silver. With his light-fingered but rhythmic style, Jamal sends us into a sensuous trance and leads us to a musical climax: a sound that is 100% pure groove.
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This latest release from the 83-year jazz giant demonstrates he is still the unassailable master of his craft, and shows no signs of retiring anytime soon. `Saturday Morning: La Buissonne Studio Sessions' was recorded in La Buissonne near Avignon, France and features the same quartet as 2012's `Blue Moon' ergo Reginald Veal on bass, Herlin Riley on drums and Manolo Badrena adding additional percussive flourishes to beef out the sound. In many ways BM & SM are companion albums, very much in the same style and with the same high production values.
The overall groove on SM is a little more relaxed than BM (maybe due to the Provencal recording setting?) and the frenetic percussive flourishes of Badrena are less in evidence, his playing often taking a back seat. Ahmad's delightful virtuoso playing dominates the proceedings, with no sideman. There are more originals - 7 in total - than on the 2012 album, plus a few standards which receive the classic Jamal treatment of extended improvisation, always inventive, replete with good humor and occasional surprises. Production values are superb with everything sharp, clear and in perfect balance.
Jamal is on record several times over the years confessing "I think about my music all the time" and it shows. His playing continues to astound and is, almost unbelievably, better than ever. More energetic and at the same time more subtle, you can never predict where his improvisations will go and to what new territories you will be transported.
To top off a stellar and exemplary career with an all-time best album at age 83 is a trick rarely pulled off in the history of music, but Jamal seems to have done it. Way to go, Ahmad. Respect.