Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ahmad Jamal Trio - The Awakening

After featuring two lesser discussed releases by Ahmad Jamal over the past few days, I thought I would conclude this week's tribute to the jazz great by featuring one of his more landmark recordings he released for Impulse!, in The Awakening. The 1970 album showcases the pianist being much more adventurous than many of his earlier sessions he recorded for labels like Argo and Cadet, hammering out a number of brillant uptempo groove-oriented compositions written by himself, Herbie Hancock, Oliver Nelson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. Standout selections include "Patterns", "Dolphin Dance", "Stolen Moments", "Wave" and the title track "The Awakening". Even though the pianist put out a number of solid records on Impulse! during the early seventies, many will probably agree that The Awakening is Jamal's most notable release during that period.

Ahmad Jamal Trio - Patterns

Living legend Ahmad Jamal performs tonight at Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness, SF). To learn more and/or buy tickets, visit the website.

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