(via Ahmad Jamal two-disc set a real treat for fans - Winnipeg Free Press)
"A new recording by Ahmad Jamal, especially after Blue Moon (2012) and Saturday Morning (2013), is a treat.
So a twofer (including a DVD) of a 2012 concert at the Olympia in Paris, where the piano master revisits the Blue Moon repertoire on one disc and performs with multi-reeds player Yusef Lateef on the second is a treat extraordinaire.

Disc 1 of Live at the Olympia — June 27, 2012 (Jazz Village) is a reprise/remake of Blue Moon’s great tunes — such as Autumn Rain, The Gypsy, Morning Mist and This is the Life — with the original lineup of Jamal, bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena.
The quartet is a well-oiled machine and songs that could be characterized as chestnuts in other hands are vital and joyous.
Riley and Badrena weave an intricate web of percussion alongside Jamal’s dynamic playing in this animated live recording.
Autumn Rain, for example, features lilting rhythms from Riley, Badrena and Veal underneath Jamal’s silky cascades of sound.
An extended bass solo opens Morning Mist with Jamal’s delightful melody and improvisations by the octogenarian pianist.
Disc 2 features Lateef’s tenor-sax exclamations on the quirky Exatogi and moody flute on Masara. Lateef adds vocals on two numbers — Trouble in Mind and Brother Hold Your Light — that become a matter of taste.
The disc ends with the quartet reprising the melody of Blue Moon and playing Jamal’s longstanding hit Poinciana. The DVD features the entire concert.
Get the set for the musicality of Jamal’s quartet and for the historic significance of the performance by two jazz greats 18 months before the death of Lateef, a man who played world music before it had a name.”
Live at The Olympia on Amazon: http://ow.ly/C5qVo

(via Ahmad Jamal two-disc set a real treat for fans - Winnipeg Free Press)

"A new recording by Ahmad Jamal, especially after Blue Moon (2012) and Saturday Morning (2013), is a treat.

So a twofer (including a DVD) of a 2012 concert at the Olympia in Paris, where the piano master revisits the Blue Moon repertoire on one disc and performs with multi-reeds player Yusef Lateef on the second is a treat extraordinaire.

Disc 1 of Live at the Olympia — June 27, 2012 (Jazz Village) is a reprise/remake of Blue Moon’s great tunes — such as Autumn Rain, The Gypsy, Morning Mist and This is the Life — with the original lineup of Jamal, bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena.

The quartet is a well-oiled machine and songs that could be characterized as chestnuts in other hands are vital and joyous.

Riley and Badrena weave an intricate web of percussion alongside Jamal’s dynamic playing in this animated live recording.

Autumn Rain, for example, features lilting rhythms from Riley, Badrena and Veal underneath Jamal’s silky cascades of sound.

An extended bass solo opens Morning Mist with Jamal’s delightful melody and improvisations by the octogenarian pianist.

Disc 2 features Lateef’s tenor-sax exclamations on the quirky Exatogi and moody flute on Masara. Lateef adds vocals on two numbers — Trouble in Mind and Brother Hold Your Light — that become a matter of taste.

The disc ends with the quartet reprising the melody of Blue Moon and playing Jamal’s longstanding hit Poinciana. The DVD features the entire concert.

Get the set for the musicality of Jamal’s quartet and for the historic significance of the performance by two jazz greats 18 months before the death of Lateef, a man who played world music before it had a name.”

Live at The Olympia on Amazon: http://ow.ly/C5qVo



Also coming up, Ahmad Jamal opens the Chicago Symphony Center's 2014/15 Jazz Series with a concert on October 10! http://ow.ly/C0kwh Jamal’s Live at The Olympia cd/dvd set with Yusef Lateef is out now! http://ow.ly/C0lrN 
Also coming up, Ahmad Jamal opens the Chicago Symphony Center's 2014/15 Jazz Series with a concert on October 10! http://ow.ly/C0kwh 

Jamal’s Live at The Olympia cd/dvd set with Yusef Lateef is out now! http://ow.ly/C0lrN 
Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82 - NPR Music - A Blog Supreme
Listen to Jazz Village’s very first release, Ahmad Jamal's Blue Moon, for #throwbackThursday, as featured on NPR Music in 2012.

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82 - NPR Music - A Blog Supreme

Listen to Jazz Village’s very first release, Ahmad Jamal's Blue Moon, for #throwbackThursday, as featured on NPR Music in 2012.

(via Amazon.com: Live at the Olympia - June 27, 2012 (2CD/DVD): Music)
"this is both a recording of an astonishing live jazz event and an extraordinary reminder of what hugely creative figures they’d each been in very different ways…The pairing of drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena makes Jamal's version of ‘Blue Moon’ an incendiary heir to Jamal’s epochal…’Poinciana’.” - 4 STARS, The Buffalo News: http://ow.ly/BfWxO

(via Amazon.com: Live at the Olympia - June 27, 2012 (2CD/DVD): Music)

"this is both a recording of an astonishing live jazz event and an extraordinary reminder of what hugely creative figures they’d each been in very different ways…The pairing of drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena makes Jamal's version of ‘Blue Moon’ an incendiary heir to Jamal’s epochal…’Poinciana’.” - 4 STARS, The Buffalo Newshttp://ow.ly/BfWxO

Two CDs and a DVD capture this concert before a packed and wildly enthusiastic Paris audience. Jamal, then approaching his 82nd birthday, is as adventurous and surprising as ever. A great pianist and one of the true pioneers of modernism in jazz, he creates formidable structures that grow like plants from the tiniest melodic seeds. Yusef Lateef, playing various flutes, saxophones etc, joins Jamal’s quartet for the second set. His solos are long and rather disjointed, but Jamal keeps it all together with a few discreet touches. This may be Lateef’s last recording; he died the following year.
(via Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef - Live at the Olympia, June 27, 2012 | blackgrooves.org)
"This set from the legendary jazzmen Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef proves that these veteran musicians have ideas that are as fresh as any they have ever had. Live at the Olympia is available as a 2 CD and DVD set, with the first disc featuring a set by Jamal at the piano with his quartet, featuring Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Lateef joins this quartet on the second disc, adding his own distinctive brand of woodwind playing and singing to the trio’s eclectic sound.
…Jamal performs three of his own compositions—“Autumn Rain,” “I Remember Italy,” and “Morning Mist”—along with several standards. While Jamal’s original tunes are certainly interesting and competently executed, the disc’s most memorable cuts are the group’s creative renderings of jazz standards: a somewhat fragmented Latin feel on “Blue Moon,” a driving, in-the-pocket rendition of “Invitation” that allows Jamal and company to stretch out, and a stop-and-start rendering of “Laura.” As would be expected from an artist of Jamal’s caliber, the playing on these cuts is excellent; Jamal presents his signature bursts of Monk-tinged dissonance, and continually trades musical cues with his bandmates, all the while maintaining a lyrical sensibility and technical precision (as is evident in the rhythm section’s lock-step groove on “Invitation” or Jamal’s blistering right hand runs during “Blue Moon”).
…The best moments on the second disc occur when the late saxophonist, flautist, and vocalist Lateef pushes Jamal’s group out of their musical comfort zone, as he does on his mostly free-form composition “Exatogi,” seamlessly transitioning to his somewhat more conventional “Masara,” although this cut is complete with dissonant flute yelps. Lateef further pulls the group into a gospel-tinged hard bop idiom, contributing vocals on “Trouble in Mind” and “Brother Hold Your Light…”
Live at The Olympia is out next Tuesday! http://ow.ly/Ayee0

(via Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef - Live at the Olympia, June 27, 2012 | blackgrooves.org)

"This set from the legendary jazzmen Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef proves that these veteran musicians have ideas that are as fresh as any they have ever had. Live at the Olympia is available as a 2 CD and DVD set, with the first disc featuring a set by Jamal at the piano with his quartet, featuring Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Lateef joins this quartet on the second disc, adding his own distinctive brand of woodwind playing and singing to the trio’s eclectic sound.

…Jamal performs three of his own compositions—“Autumn Rain,” “I Remember Italy,” and “Morning Mist”—along with several standards. While Jamal’s original tunes are certainly interesting and competently executed, the disc’s most memorable cuts are the group’s creative renderings of jazz standards: a somewhat fragmented Latin feel on “Blue Moon,” a driving, in-the-pocket rendition of “Invitation” that allows Jamal and company to stretch out, and a stop-and-start rendering of “Laura.” As would be expected from an artist of Jamal’s caliber, the playing on these cuts is excellent; Jamal presents his signature bursts of Monk-tinged dissonance, and continually trades musical cues with his bandmates, all the while maintaining a lyrical sensibility and technical precision (as is evident in the rhythm section’s lock-step groove on “Invitation” or Jamal’s blistering right hand runs during “Blue Moon”).

…The best moments on the second disc occur when the late saxophonist, flautist, and vocalist Lateef pushes Jamal’s group out of their musical comfort zone, as he does on his mostly free-form composition “Exatogi,” seamlessly transitioning to his somewhat more conventional “Masara,” although this cut is complete with dissonant flute yelps. Lateef further pulls the group into a gospel-tinged hard bop idiom, contributing vocals on “Trouble in Mind” and “Brother Hold Your Light…”

Live at The Olympia is out next Tuesday! http://ow.ly/Ayee0

Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia – June 27 2012 – review - The Financial Times
"The first CD features [Ahmad Jamal] and his quartet in peak creative form, capturing the daring dynamics and textural minutiae of their studio album Blue Moon High in a pulsating live performance.
The late multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef joins the quartet for most of Disc 2, delivering gruff tenor-sax daubs and strange moans and sighs on “Exatogi” and moody flute on “Mascara”. “Trouble in Mind” is one of two idiosyncratic vocals...Highly recommended” 
Preorder on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Ayee0

Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia – June 27 2012 – review - The Financial Times

"The first CD features [Ahmad Jamal] and his quartet in peak creative form, capturing the daring dynamics and textural minutiae of their studio album Blue Moon High in a pulsating live performance.

The late multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef joins the quartet for most of Disc 2, delivering gruff tenor-sax daubs and strange moans and sighs on “Exatogi” and moody flute on “Mascara”. “Trouble in Mind” is one of two idiosyncratic vocals...Highly recommended” 

Preorder on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Ayee0

(via Ahmad Jamal/Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia review – spirited and funky | Music | theguardian.com)
"The first set features the current Jamal quartet on originals – like the dreamy I Remember Italy and standards including a discreetly romantic Laura – and a dynamically funky This Is the Life, full of spirited exchanges with percussionist Manolo Badrena. The second half introduces pioneering world-jazz reeds-player Yusef Lateef, 18 months before his death, and respect for the honoured guest is palpable on the less coquettish character of the grooves. Lateef adds divertingly grumpy tenor-sax blurts and slithers to the quirky Exatogi, and quavery flute to the riffy Masara. But it’s his passionate, yodelly vocal implorings and abstract flute effects on the gospel-steeped Brother Hold Your Light that gives this set a special character, less urbane than usual for Jamal. His 1950s pop hit Poinciana makes an obligatory, and rapturously received, appearance at the end."


Preorder Live at the Olympia, out Sept 9, here! http://ow.ly/Ayee0

(via Ahmad Jamal/Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia review – spirited and funky | Music | theguardian.com)

"The first set features the current Jamal quartet on originals – like the dreamy I Remember Italy and standards including a discreetly romantic Laura – and a dynamically funky This Is the Life, full of spirited exchanges with percussionist Manolo Badrena. The second half introduces pioneering world-jazz reeds-player Yusef Lateef, 18 months before his death, and respect for the honoured guest is palpable on the less coquettish character of the grooves. Lateef adds divertingly grumpy tenor-sax blurts and slithers to the quirky Exatogi, and quavery flute to the riffy Masara. But it’s his passionate, yodelly vocal implorings and abstract flute effects on the gospel-steeped Brother Hold Your Light that gives this set a special character, less urbane than usual for Jamal. His 1950s pop hit Poinciana makes an obligatory, and rapturously received, appearance at the end."

Preorder Live at the Olympia, out Sept 9, here! http://ow.ly/Ayee0
Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef's Live at The Olympia in All About Jazz: http://ow.ly/AydC0 "The musicians hit their stride on Bronislau Kaper/Ned Washington’s ‘Invitation,’ with Jamal’s inventive narrative—twisting this way and that—melodically seductive and rhythmically vital…
With four such pronounced rhythmic voices brewing up a collective storm, the sotto voce pulses and melodic elegance of “I Remember Italy” and “Laura” provide a timely swing in mood. Veal’s extended bass solo announces Jamal’s “Morning Mist,” which flits between the delightful melody and the pianist’s arresting improvisational musings. A spare yet swinging arrangement of the Lee Adams/Charles Strouse tune “This is the Life” rounds out the first CD, with Badrena working his percussive magic over Jamal’s extended vamp. 
The second CD sees the ninety one year old Lateef guest with Jamal’s quartet, reprising the collaboration that took place at Marciac the previous year. Jamal, however, sits out the thirteen-minute “Exatogi.” Switching between tenor saxophone and flute, Lateef’s meditative sonorities are buoyed by Riley and Badrena’s African-flavored rhythms and accents. Lateef’s wordless lowing has the quality of a spiritual incantation. Jamal joins the ensemble for “Masara,” maintaining a vamp as Lateef hypnotizes with a gently snaking flute improvisation. 
Lateef sings on Richard M. Jones’ blues standard from the 1920s “Trouble in Mind,” a role he interpreted on oboe in Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s sextet in the 1960s. Lateef’s vocal on “Brother Hold your Light” is infused with the spirit of gospel, soul and the blues. Jamal’s rhapsodic comping undulates in intensity, while Badrena’s (tambourine-filtered?) contorted cries bring an otherworldy edge to the music…”
The album is out September 9! Preorder it here: http://ow.ly/Ayee0

Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef's Live at The Olympia in All About Jazzhttp://ow.ly/AydC0 

"The musicians hit their stride on Bronislau Kaper/Ned Washington’s ‘Invitation,’ with Jamal’s inventive narrative—twisting this way and that—melodically seductive and rhythmically vital…

With four such pronounced rhythmic voices brewing up a collective storm, the sotto voce pulses and melodic elegance of “I Remember Italy” and “Laura” provide a timely swing in mood. Veal’s extended bass solo announces Jamal’s “Morning Mist,” which flits between the delightful melody and the pianist’s arresting improvisational musings. A spare yet swinging arrangement of the Lee Adams/Charles Strouse tune “This is the Life” rounds out the first CD, with Badrena working his percussive magic over Jamal’s extended vamp. 

The second CD sees the ninety one year old Lateef guest with Jamal’s quartet, reprising the collaboration that took place at Marciac the previous year. Jamal, however, sits out the thirteen-minute “Exatogi.” Switching between tenor saxophone and flute, Lateef’s meditative sonorities are buoyed by Riley and Badrena’s African-flavored rhythms and accents. Lateef’s wordless lowing has the quality of a spiritual incantation. Jamal joins the ensemble for “Masara,” maintaining a vamp as Lateef hypnotizes with a gently snaking flute improvisation. 

Lateef sings on Richard M. Jones’ blues standard from the 1920s “Trouble in Mind,” a role he interpreted on oboe in Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s sextet in the 1960s. Lateef’s vocal on “Brother Hold your Light” is infused with the spirit of gospel, soul and the blues. Jamal’s rhapsodic comping undulates in intensity, while Badrena’s (tambourine-filtered?) contorted cries bring an otherworldy edge to the music…”

The album is out September 9! Preorder it here: http://ow.ly/Ayee0

Coming in September on Jazz Village is Live at l’Olympia by Ahmad Jamal & Yusef Lateef!

This set documents an historic concert that took place in Paris on June 27, 2012. The great Ahmad Jamal, enjoying a return to the jazz charts thanks to his recent releases on Jazz Village, began by playing selections from his album Blue Moon. Then the pianist was joined on stage by the equally legendary Yusef Lateef, who had played with Jamal in the glory days of the Atlantic label. These two artists channeled the past and reinvented the future as they worked their musical magic. The album features two audio discs and a DVD of the complete concert.

Preorder now on Amazon!