Ahmad Jamal – Jamal Plays Jamal

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Jamal Plays Jamal is an album by American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal featuring performances recorded in 1974 and released on the 20th Century label.

The Allmusic review awarded the album 4 stars stating “Jamal Plays Jamal epitomizes the commercial leanings and pop textures that dominate Ahmad Jamal’s mid-’70s fusion efforts for the 20th Century label. Though his funkiest and most accessible recording to date, it nevertheless retains the melodic invention and intricacy of his more conventional jazz records. Despite the me-first title, the success of Jamal Plays Jamal hinges most on the pianist’s longtime bassist Jamil Nasser, whose fluid, supple rhythms galvanize funk-inspired material like “Eclipse” and “Dialogue.” Richard Evans’ inspired arrangements are also vital, ranging from the dramatic “Pastures” to the shadowy “Death and Resurrection.” Of course, it’s Jamal’s name above and in the title, and his keyboard work here is both nuanced and dynamic. Jazz purists may reject this music on principle, but more open-minded listeners will appreciate its energy and excitement.”

Track listing:
All compositions by Ahmad Jamal.

“Eclipse” – 7:08
“Pastures” – 6:40
“Dialogue” – 8:43
“Spanish Interlude” – 7:17
“Death and Resurrection” – 4:43
“Swahililand” – 9:56

Ahmad Jamal – piano, electric piano, synthesizer
Jamil Nasser – bass
Frank Gant – drums
Azzedin Weston – congas


Released: 1974
Recorded: 1974
Studio: Generation Sound, New York City and P.S. Recording Studios, Chicago
Length: 44:27
Label: 20th Century T-459
Producer: Ahmad Jamal