Ahmad Jamal, Happy Moods (1960)
My introduction to Ahmad Jamal was an unhappy customer returning a CD that he was convinced “didn’t play”. It played just fine. Splendidly, even. So after giving him a credit-note I bought the CD (that was Nature – The Essence Part 3) and became an Ahmad Jamal fan. The customer had raved about Ahmad Jamal and that had me curious. From there his version of Poinciana (Ahmad Jamal’s version, not the customer’s) became a source of fascination – Idris Muhammad will do that. But Jamal’s playing is always spot-on, exquisite. I have the Pershing Lounge album which I reckon is pretty much perfect. But this album, Happy Moods, is a very recent addition to my collection and, so far, the only Ahmad I have on vinyl. It’s one I would covet for a long time before buying. I’d visit the store and think about it, thumbing through the new records each week or so my thumb would stumble over this. I’d take it out of the rack, read over the tracklisting again (it never changed) and make a decision that no, not this time. But soon. Well soon is now and I’m glad it is. I’m very happy to have Happy Moods. Ahmad Jamal might be my favourite jazz pianist. Well, there’s him, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett…alright, the list becomes quite long quite quickly. All capable of such happy (and other) moods. Lovely. Lovely.
Sample Track: Pavanne
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