Ahmad Jamal: Saturday Morning

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Ahmad Jamal’s late-life resurgence continues with this joyous, intensely satisfying collection of sensuous grooves, insidious themes and lush, wrap-round ballads. As each piece switches this way and that, Jamal dovetails grand piano resonance and lissom runs into soft-centred impressionism with an immaculate touch and a pinpoint sense of time.

Even the homage to Horace Silver is a switchback narrative. The impeccable Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley on bass and drums follow each turn to the letter, their fine-tuned rhythms decorated by Manolo Badrena’s sparse percussion.

Ahmad Jamal

Saturday Morning

(World Village)

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