Ahmad Jamal - an important and influential voice among Jazz Pianists.

Ahmad Jamal – 1966 – Nights At The Roundtable

Ahmad Jamal – an important and influential voice among Jazz Pianists.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ahmad Jamal – I Hear a Rhapsody

Ending up the week with a musical tribute to Tryptophan. A track from the legendary Jazz Pianist Ahmad Jamal, accompanied by a 15 piece string section in a session he recorded for Argo Records and released in 1966.

This is the title cut from the album I Hear A Rhapsody – Ahamd Jamal With Strings.

Seemingly the holy grail for just about every Jazz musician of note in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s – to record an album with a string section.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but in Jamal’s case it does. And it makes for a very mellow and colorful excursion.

Perfect end to a Holiday week, now that the bedlam has subsided.

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6 Responses

  1. I haven’t heard this one but am a huge fan of “Live at Montreaux”. I have seen his name here and there but not gotten to know him well. I think I’ll play some of his music on my show on Public Radio this Sunday. Cheers.

      • Me too. I am following. I also wrote the album name incorrectly. It is “Live at Montreal 1985”. Incredible stuff.

      • gordonskene says:

        No worries – although he’s recorded so much, I think there probably is an album of him at Montreaux. Incidentally, the album I took this track off of hasn’t been on CD yet. It’s still only on lp.

      • Nice. I get to play LP’s on my show and it is so much more pleasing than mp3’s. You might get a kick out of this. I had a young guy from the local college radio station on while I was doing a blues show so I could show him some music. I told him to pick some vinyl and throw it on. He picked but when it came to throwing it on he hemmed and hawed until asking how to use a record player. I was amused but also felt a bit old!

      • gordonskene says:

        I couldn’t imagine what he’d do if you handed him a stack of 78’s;)