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Live at the Olympia - June 27th 2012 (The Music and the Film of the Complete Concert) Box set, Live


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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Live
  • Label: Jazz Village
  • ASIN: B00KB4CG7K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Autumn Rain
2. Blue Moon
3. The Gypsy
4. Invitation
5. I Remember Italy
6. Laura
7. Morning Mist
8. This Is The Life
Disc: 2
1. Exatogi
2. Masara
3. Trouble In Mind
4. Brother Hold Your Light
5. Blue Moon (encore)
6. Poinciana 9:22

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Olympia, Paris, 27 June 2012. In this mythical concert hall, the Ahmad Jamal quartet played in telepathic mode to reinvent the Blue Moon repertoire. Then, before giving the audience a transformed rendering of Poinciana, a hit from the Chess era, the pianist brought on stage Yusef Lateef who played with him in the glory days of the Atlantic label. The pioneering world fusion wind player then conjured up some magical moments and took us on one of those mystical journeys to which he has the key. This recording offers the entire historic concert, illuminated by these two jazz greats inspired by groove and the spirit of the sacred. The passing of Yusef Lateef on 23 December, 2013, at the venerable age of 93, adds poignancy to this set, as a testimony to a true jazz legend.

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The ways the former chart-topping pianist Ahmad Jamal develops variations on a song stick closely to a trusted and popular script: start with a catchy unrelated hook, slip the tune in stealthily, jam on it, swap licks with the drummers, come back to the hook. That script regularly surfaces on this set, which devotes a disc to each half of the octogenarian's 2012 L'Olympia concert, plus a complete video DVD. 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.' --John Fordham, The Guardian

4 stars More evidence of the glittering renaissance of the octogenarian pianist as his quartet explore the tunes from his Blue Moon album of 2012 on this double CD and DVD. Jamal drops catchy hooks into lyrical improvisations that float above an intricate web of percussion. The energy level drops with Lateef s guest slot and some sparse sax and flute interventions on the seemingly unending Exatogi. Jamal s quartet dazzle again, however, with a reworking of his 1958 hit Poincinia. --John Bungey, The Times

As it was back in the heady days of bebop, American jazz musicians tend to receive particularly warm welcomes in France, and none more so than Ahmad Jamal. The legendary Pittsburgh-born pianist, whose influence on what he calls American classical music has been incalculable, is now in his 80s. Over the past decade he has enjoyed a new lease of life with a string of well-received albums recorded in France. This live three-disc audio and video release, with a guest appearance from veteran saxophonist Yusef Lateef, brings nothing particularly new to the table. But those who like shivers up their spine will appreciate hearing and seeing two giants of American classical music bring a Parisian audience to its feet without breaking a sweat. --Cormac Larkin, The Irish TImes

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. **** --The Observer

As it was back in the heady days of bebop, American jazz musicians tend to receive particularly warm welcomes in France, and none more so than Ahmad Jamal. The legendary Pittsburgh-born pianist, whose influence on what he calls American classical music has been incalculable, is now in his 80s. Over the past decade he has enjoyed a new lease of life with a string of well-received albums recorded in France. This live three-disc audio and video release, with a guest appearance from veteran saxophonist Yusef Lateef, brings nothing particularly new to the table. But those who like shivers up their spine will appreciate hearing and seeing two giants of American classical music bring a Parisian audience to its feet without breaking a sweat. --Cormac Larkin, The Irish TImes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sep 2014
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Five ENJOYABLE Stars. This 3 disk nicely-appointed tri-fold cardboard package (2 music CDs and 1 video DVD) captures the pianist, innovator, leader, and DownBeat Hall of Fame member Ahmad Jamal, his legendary ensemble, and featured guest multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef playing in 2012 to a packed house at the L'Olympia in Paris France. His ensemble includes longtime associates Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Based partly on his popular Grammy-nominated "Blue Moon" CD, the DVD contains performances of the total 14 standard and original songs from the concert, while the two CDs are broken down into 8 and 6 songs respectively for listening pleasure. The CDs are great but the DVD concert performance is fabulous, showing how tight the ensemble is and how Jamal exhibits control over the dynamics of each song with a simple wave of his hand or pointing a finger calling for a solo from each member of the ensemble. The cinematography work from various angles with many closeups is superb.

The `best of the best' begins with an awesome minor-themed "Autumn Rain" building and releasing tension as Jamal directs the ensemble's shadings with hand signals, drawing repeated applause from the audience as the tension builds to a taunt release, over and over. "Blue Moon" has a 5-note pedal point beat that allows Jamal to switch from shimmering to hip phrases for extended periods. Percussionist Manolo Badrena shines expertly and humorously on the planned breaks between the musical phrases on Billy Reid's "The Gypsy". The beautiful ballad "Laura" includes a two-note refrain alluding to "Call Me", as Jamal takes the song for a thrill ride with Veal bass in support.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juan A. Cosme on 17 Oct 2014
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Yusef Lateef do not play only 2 Badajoz advertising: Ahmad jamal 4invited Yusef Lateef
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MARVELOUS 2012 L'OLYMPIA CONCERT: AHMAD JAMAL QUARTET WITH GUEST YUSEF LATEEF (CD/DVD) 16 Sep 2014
By RSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five ENJOYABLE Stars. This 3 disk nicely-appointed tri-fold cardboard package (2 music CDs and 1 video DVD) captures the pianist, innovator, leader, and DownBeat Hall of Fame member Ahmad Jamal, his legendary ensemble, and featured guest multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef playing in 2012 to a packed house at the L'Olympia in Paris France. His ensemble includes longtime associates Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Based partly on his popular Grammy-nominated "Blue Moon" CD, the DVD contains performances of the total 14 standard and original songs from the concert, while the two CDs are broken down into 8 and 6 songs respectively for listening pleasure. The CDs are great but the DVD concert performance is fabulous, showing how tight the ensemble is and how Jamal exhibits control over the dynamics of each song with a simple wave of his hand or pointing a finger calling for a solo from each member of the ensemble. The cinematography work from various angles with many closeups is superb, as is the clear balanced soundscape.

The `best of the best' begins with an awesome minor-themed "Autumn Rain" building and releasing tension as Jamal directs the ensemble's shadings with hand signals, drawing repeated applause from the audience as the tension builds to a taunt release, over and over. "Blue Moon" has a 5-note pedal point beat that allows Jamal to switch from shimmering to hip phrases for extended periods. Percussionist Manolo Badrena shines expertly and humorously on the planned breaks between the musical phrases on Billy Reid's "The Gypsy". The beautiful ballad "Laura" includes a two-note refrain alluding to "Call Me", as Jamal takes the song for a thrill ride with Veal bass in support. Multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef then arrives on stage for 4 songs, initially turning the stage into a steaming rain forest of sounds and rhythms on "Exatogi" and "Masara" and then brings it home, vocally, with blues renditions of "Trouble in Mind" and "Brother Hold Your Light", all with the superb assistance of Jamal and most of all the bass, drum, and percussion section. Outstanding performances by the Ahmad Jamal ensemble and Yusef Lateef. My Highest Recommendation! Five SWINGING Stars! (3 disks: 2 audio and 1 complete concert video of 13 total songs; Total time-102:20.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Two Jazz Giants, One Heart 25 Sep 2014
By John M. Whalen - Published on Amazon.com
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Indeed this is not only an enjoyable concert, it is something of an historical event. Two legends together at last. Jamal is in superb form. His playing may never have been better. But the real show stopper is Yusef Lateef, in what may be his last recorded live performance before his death in December 2013. At age 91 at the time of the concert, looking a bit frail physically, playing sitting down in a chair, the first notes from his tenor demonstrate he was still in full control of his instrument and his talent. It is remarkable that Jamal's band was able to get on Lateef's ideosyncratic wavelength as easily and successfully as they did. The respect they all had for Yusef was obvious and heart warming. Kudos to all for a splendid release and especially to Ahmad Jamal for showcasing a true jazz/world music giant before it was too late. Don't hesitate to purchase this release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Simply put: BEAUTIFUL 29 Sep 2014
By Victor Rico-Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excelent set of cd's/dvd by an outstanding group. If you liked the two last studio CD by this group, live is better. Specially with the input of MASTER Yusef Lateef! A must buy!
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Five Stars 6 Oct 2014
By Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazing concert!
Ahmad's now predilection for using "latin" type rhythms is great (the 2 percussionists were spot on) - my first ... 28 Oct 2014
By Larry S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Ahmad's now predilection for using "latin" type rhythms is great (the 2 percussionists were spot on) - my first hearing of his "Blue Moon"! Excellent choice for the modern Ahmad (could've done w/o Yusef, though).
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