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Ahmad Jamal is rightly seen as a giant of 20th-century jazz: the pianist/composer influenced Miles Davis and has led a number of fine trios, and his version of “Poinciana” is a classic. Jamal continues to be a force well into the 21st century, and 2012’s Blue Moon is a gem. Jamal is joined by bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley, and percussionist Manolo Badrena on the album, which includes three originals and six covers. Blue Moon opens with Jamal’s “Autumn Rain,” which finds the pianist displaying his fierce and mellow sides. There’s a nice interplay between trap kit and percussion, and Veal gets funky on bass. Billy Reid’s “The Gypsy,” a song recorded by Charlie Parker in the ‘40s, gets a reading marked by subtly humorous stop-start moments. Another original, “I Remember Italy,” finds Jamal’s impressionism colored by bowed bass, subtle cymbal work, and tinkling percussion. Jamal and Veal give the David Raksin and Johnny Mercer classic “Laura” a full-bodied interpretation, and things wrap with Dizzy Gillespie’s “Woody’n You,” where Badrena shines.

Customer Reviews

Down home jazz!

This album contains romantic sounds and melodies that soothe as you listen. Your foot will be tapping the floor and your fingers playing the sounds you's awesome!

SOOOO goood!!

Mr. Jamal is so good!! He provides feeling when you listen to the music. Beautiful, I hope eveything buys the tune, the whole thing is wonderful!

Blue Moon - The New York Sessions

Resoundingly fresh and vital - rhythmic quality stands out on Autumn Rain and Blue Moon. Worth the buy!


Born: July 2, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most individualistic pianists, composers, and arrangers of his generation, Ahmad Jamal's disciplined technique and minimalist style had a huge impact on trumpeter Miles Davis, and Jamal is often cited as contributing to the development of cool jazz throughout the 1950s. Though Jamal was a highly technically proficient player, well-versed in the gymnastic idioms of swing and bebop, he chose to play in a more pared down and nuanced style. Which is to say that while he played with the skill...
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