AH­MAD JA­MAL Marseille

Jazz Vil­lage

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Most jazz mu­si­cians since Coltrane have favoured a model of con­tin­ual artis­tic devel­op­ment, but as a child of a pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, Ah­mad Ja­mal might be for­given for tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to what he calls Amer­i­can Clas­si­cal mu­sic. The Pitts­burgh-born pi­anist emerged in the 1950s with his own unique sound – spa­cious, mo­tific, deeply groov­ing – and, a few de­tours aside, he has con­tin­ued to pol­ish that par­tic­u­lar stone ever since. Not that noth­ing has changed – at a sprightly 87, Ja­mal’s com­mand of his art con­tin­ues to grow and deepen – but even with a vo­cal con­tri­bu­tion from rap­per Abd Al Ma­lik and cre­ative dis­rup­tion from per­cus­sion­ist Manolo Ba­drena, the Ja­mal gem still sparkles here with the same light that en­deared him to mil­lions over 60 years ago. pias.com Cor­mac Larkin

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