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The first CD features the veteran US pianist and his quartet in peak creative form, capturing the daring dynamics and textural minutiae of their studio album Blue Moon in a pulsating live performance.

The late multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef joins the quartet for most of Disc 2, delivering gruff tenor-sax daubs and strange moans and sighs on “Exatogi” and moody flute on “Mascara”. “Trouble in Mind” is one of two idiosyncratic vocals. Highly recommended for Jamal’s quartet, though the Lateef tracks are more a question for personal taste.

Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef

Live at the Olympia – June 27 2012

Jazz Village (2 CDs & DVD)

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