Ahmad Jamal: Ballades

Recent Ahmad Jamal releases have been quartet affairs, but for his latest outing, released in his 89th year, Jamal is flying solo, with only bassist James Cammack to accompany him on three pieces. The mood is reflective and largely subdued, although Marseille, the title track from his 2017 set, accommodates some of that city’s ebullience. Because I Love You, an achingly beautiful piece, was composed as it was being recorded, a testimony to Jamal’s continuing abil
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