Monday, November 21, 2011

Ahmad Jamal – The Essence: Part.1 (1995)

Ahmad Jamal – The Essence: Part.1 (1995)
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Genre ~ Cool, Post-Bop, Piano | Label ~ Birdology/PolyGram France

This album is brilliant on two levels. The songs are each fine compositions for piano, using varied spacing, tempo changes, and melodies to create fine pieces of music. On a more accessible level, each song is rich and beautiful to hear time and again. Particulary “Toulouse”, which gives me chills every time I hear the opening melody. ~Ama_zon

01. Flight (6:33)
02. Toulouse (6:56)
03. The Essence (10:14)
04. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) (5:49)
05. Catalina (6:44)
06. Autumn Leaves (6:58)
07. Street of Dreams (5:33)
08. Bahia (6:35)

Ahmad Jamal – piano
George Coleman – tenor saxophone (on #3 & #6)
James Cammack, Jamil Nasser – bass
Idris Muhammad – drums
Manolo Badrena – percussion

Recorded on October 30-31, 1994 at Studio Marcadet, Paris, La Plaine St Denis, France;
and on February 6-7, 1995 at Clinton Studio, New York City.

Recording Engineer (#1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8): Alain Français / Assisted by Jean-Yves Legrand
Recording and Mixing Engineer (#3, 6): Jim Anderson / Assisted by Mark Agostino
Tracks 1, 2, 7; mixing engineer: Jim Anderson / Assisted by Brian Kingman
Additional percussion recorded on February 6 and 7, 1995; at Clinton Studio
Edited and digitally mastered on July 20-22, 1995; at Studio De Preference, Wissous, France
Editing and Mastering Engineer: Alain Français
Paris session and cover photography by Jacques Beneich
New York session photography by Cheung Ching Ming
Art Direction: Patrice Beausejour
Design: CB Graphic
Prepared for release by Patrick Votan
Produced by Jean-François Deiber for Birdology Records
Production Coordination: François Zalacain
Liner notes by Ahmad Jamal