Marseille [Vinyl 2LP 180g]

  • Kod: JV3357014243
  • Producent: Jazz Village
  • Kod producenta: 3149027005074
  • Wykonawca: Ahmad Jamal
  • Nośnik: Vinyl 2LP
  • Instrument lidera: piano
  • Cena: 89,90 zł
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Straightahead / Pianistyka Jazzowa
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: kartonowe etui

Ahmad Jamal to legenda pianistyki jazzowej. Pomimo tego, że muzycy pokroju Billa Evansa, Herbiego Hancocka czy McCoya Tynera, jego wskazują za swojego mistrza, pozostaje pianistą raczej niezbyt popularnym. Jego styl gry od początku brzmiał oryginalnie. W czasach rozkwitu be-bopu przypominał bardziej francuski impresjonizm, niż eksponujący techniczne popisy jazzowy mainstream. Cool-jazz przejął ową refleksyjność własnie od Jamala. Jamal nie zamierzał popisywać się techniką i szybkością, stawiając akcent na samo brzmienie akordu, czas jego trwania i przestrzeń którą wyznaczał. Można by przyrównać go do malarza, dbającego raczej o intensywność koloru niż o precyzyjnie wytyczony kształt malowanego obiektu.

Po latach stał się niewyczerpaną kopalnią sampli dla producentów hip-hopowych. Dość powiedzieć, że tylko z jednego „The Awakening” korzystali Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Nas i dawni protegowani Da Beatminerz - Shades of Brooklyn.

Swój ostatni album Jamal wydał w 2013 roku, przed fanami jego sztuki zatem wielka przyjemność, bo oto ukazał się nowy album 'Marseille'. W sumie 8 utworów, w tym tytułowy w trzech wersjach. Amerykański All About Jazz dał płycie maksymalną ocenę, pięć gwiazdek, francuski Le Monde i brytyjski Guardian rozpływają się w zachwytach.

Z pewnością warto sięgnąć po nową propozycję nestora jazzowej pianistyki.

All About Jazz - ocena * * * * *:
There are few true jazz legends left alive now let alone still recording albums of the calibre of Marseille. Ahmad Jamal is one such venerable figure and the octogenarian (born July 2, 1930) has recorded an album of consistent brilliance. Jamal prefers to refer to his playing as American classical music rather than jazz and he's been regarded as a "mainstream" pianist but to stylistically stereotype him in this fashion is to do him an injustice.

The title track is afforded three different versions, the first being a mesmeric modally-inspired instrumental foray. The title is also a paean to a country that has enthusiastically supported Jamal throughout his long career culminating in the French government awarding him the prestigious Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts Et De Lettres in 2007. The album itself was recorded in Malakoff, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris.

It's well-known that Miles Davis was a fan of Jamal's and admitted to being influenced by the pianist. Miles and Jamal became friends in the 1950s and Davis recorded Jamal's "Ahmad's Blues" on Workin' and "New Rhumba" on Miles Ahead. So on one level, it's not too surprising that on "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" Jamal includes a funky quote from Davis's "Jean Pierre" from We Want Miles, released in 1982. But on another level the inclusion of this vamp, which bookends the track, demonstrates how versatile is Jamal's approach, and how a standard can be completely transformed so seamlessly.

The quoting continues on "Pots En Verre" with a repetition of two tantalisingly familiar chords from Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder." The French rapper Abd Al Malik contributes tersely spoken words in French on the next beguiling version of "Marseille" on which Jamal evinces an alternative chordal interpretation.

"Autumn Leaves" is given a rich makeover, with percussionist Manolo Badrena and drummer Herlin Riley adding a Latin-esque feel and all underpinned by James Cammack's resonant double bass. There's even a micro-quote from Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" here too. The languid "I Came To See You / You Were Not There" and the more vibrant "Baalbeck" almost conclude this set but for the addition of a sumptuous third version of "Marseille," adorned by Mina Agossi's mellifluous vocals.

It's undoubtedly Jamal's use of space and deft light and shade which characterise his playing and this proves that frenetic pyrotechnics are not necessary to make a huge impact on an audience.

This extraordinarily beautiful album, simultaneously released on CD and double vinyl, demonstrates how age alone does not diminish an artist's musical ability and creativity. This superb album's appeal will be undoubtedly very wide indeed.

All Music Guide:
An octogenarian jazz master who exerted an influence on not just other pianists, but most prominently on Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal has remained a vital presence on the music scene since the 1950s. His nuanced 2017 album, Marseille, finds him drawing upon his years of experience with a set of originals and covers that reveal just how vital and creative he remains. Primarily, the album showcases three distinctly varied interpretations of the title track, a hypnotic, modal ode to a city he loves, and to a greater extent a country that awarded him the prestigious Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et de Lettres in 2007. In fact, Marseille was even recorded in France; specifically in the Parisian suburb of Malakoff. Joining Jamal are several longtime associates including bassist James Cammack, former Jazz at Lincoln Center drummer Herlin Riley, and percussionist Manolo Badrena. Also showcased are French rapper/spoken word performer Abd Al Malik and vocalist Mina Agossi, both of whom show up on two separate versions of "Marseille." The first version of "Marseille" is an instrumental reading marked by Riley's military band snare work, Badrena's atmospheric bells and Jamal's wave-like piano, all of which evoke the city's coastal atmosphere. The second version is an equally evocative take buoyed by Cammack's languid bass motif and featuring a passionate spoken word piece in French from Malik. The final version is moody, cabaret-tinged treatment with Agossi's wry French vocals framed by Jamal's sparkling piano work and Badrena's magical chimes and percussion accents. Elsewhere, Jamal keeps the magic flowing, diving into the Afro-Cuban-infused "Pots en Verre," drawing upon dramatic, roiling, Bob Fosse-esque dance rhythms on "Baalbeck," and directly referencing the bluesy call-and-response melody of Davis' 1982 We Want Miles track "Jean Pierre" on an infectious reworking of the traditional spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." Jamal also seems to borrow more from Davis, conjuring the sound of the trumpeter's 1965 piece "Eighty-One" for his funky interpretation of "Autumn Leaves." However, it's the pianist's original pieces here, like the glittering, dreamlike "I Came to See You/You Were Not There" that seem to flood deeper into your soul with each listen. If the music presented on Marseille is any indication, the city is clearly an intoxicating locale. Ultimately, Jamal has captured that intoxicating vibe and crafted an homage to a city that's as a heartfelt and finely rendered as anything he's done.
by Matt Collar

Ahmad Jamal: piano
James Cammack: double bass
Herlin Riley: drums
Manolo Badrena: percussion
Abd Al Malik (4)
Mina Agossi (8): vocals

1. Marseille
2. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

3. Pots en verre
4. Marseille

5. Autumn Leaves
6. I Came to See You / You Were Not There

7. Baalbeck
8. Marseille

more info: www.jazzvillagemusic.com
more info2: www.ahmadjamal.com

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