The master of space, silence and subtle groove makes a long overdue return to London. Ahmad Jamal occupies a seminal place in the pantheon of jazz piano, as influential in his way as Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum or Thelonious Monk, and an inspiration to successive generations since he emerged in the early 50s – including a still emerging Miles Davis.
Whether conjuring magical shapes from the standard repertoire, or exploring delicate-wrought original songs of his own, this is an artist who, in his eighth decade, continues to create music at the very highest level.
With a new CD, Blue Moon , just released, Jamal brings a stellar quartet, with Reginald Veal (bass), the brilliant New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley, and percussionist Manolo Badrena.
'All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal' Miles Davis
'No musician has had a more profound effect on the orchestral approach to small groups in the last 35 years than Ahmad Jamal' Village Voice
'[Jamal] remains a genius at the art of motivic improvising, repeating a catchy theme (so listeners don't lose the plot) while transforming it with fresh melody' ★★★★ Guardian on Blue Moon