The Awakening (Verve By Request Series): Vinyl LP4847611
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Release Date: 17th February
One of those 'I see that record everywhere' covers, an iconic image, one you'll see proudly displayed because normally the person who put it there is telling you 'you need to hear one of the great piano jazz records' and not just that, it's been sampled to death. It's swinging and accessible, it's soulful but has a darkness, a sombreness and at moments touches on dense experimental jazz of the 70s. Another essential reissue in the Verve by Request Series.
By 1970, pianist Ahmad Jamal's style had changed a bit since the 1950s, becoming denser and more adventurous while still retaining his musical identity and signature elegance. Jamal’s trio - bassist Jamil Nasser (whose double-timing lines are sometimes furious) and drummer Frank Gant, deliver intriguing performances, showing that Jamal was continuing to evolve.
This Verve By Request Series features a remastered transfer on 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.
1. The Awakening (Side A)
2. I Love Music (Side A)
3. Patterns (Side A)
4. Dolphin Dance (Side B)
5. You're My Everything (Side B)
6. Stolen Moments (Side B)
7. Wave (Side B)