Ahmad Jamal: Piano
Eprium Wolfolk: Bass
Arti Dixson: Drums
The Assai Quartet
Jaroslaw Lis: Violin
Peter Biely: Violin
Suzanne LeFevre: Viola
Claude Giron: Cello
Recorded Live In Concert At Yale University, Horizon Studios and Ahmad's Home.
Mixed by producer David Mills & Vic Steffens
Ahmad Jamal with the Assai Quartet Cat.# RR0042
Ahmad Jamal With The Assai Quartet
1. Temple Court
2. Comp Time
5. A Short Piece Pots En Verre- Four Solo Piano Improvisations
10. Everybody Knows
Ahmad Jamal not only challenges listeners with bold new music that combines the worlds of jazz and classical music, but he also delivers the masterful dynamics, abrupt tempo changes and virtuosic performance that have captivated his fans for decades.
Recorded in a live concert setting, in the studio and in the intimacy of Ahmad's home, this rare album captures the essence of an artist who has earned the respect of musicians, composers and listeners worldwide.
Here Are Some Highlights
Selection #1, Temple Court An elegant piano solo leads into a spirited theme which becomes both ferocious and swinging.
Selection #3, Feast After a bold string introduction, Ahmad and his rhythm section launch into boppin' improvisation that again demonstrates the power of Ahmad's clean fluid chops and his harmonic mastery. Recorded live in concert at Yale University.
Selections #6-9, Pots en Verre For those who enjoy a solo pianist improvising from scratch, a suite entitled Pots en Verre is the quintessential. In his long and distinguished career, this is the first time Ahmad has offered such an intimate view of his talent for spontaneous compostion. He takes the listener through sophisticated meditation and on to street-wise stride and boogie-woogie. Pots en Verre was recorded in Ahmad's home studio on one of the grand pianos given to him by Steinway & Sons.
"Forty years after commanding attention as one of Chicago's leading ongoing attractions, pianist Ahmad Jamal continues to hold jazz fans in the palms of his hands. Unlike some veteran artists, he has never lost the ability to renew himself. Nor has he lost his gift for pleasing average listeners." Chicago Sun Times