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"Ahmad Jamal is not just a living legend of jazz; he is one of the most inspired and inspiring artists in music today.” (AllAboutJazz.com) A pivotal influence on Miles Davis and countless others, NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal incorporates a unique sense of space in his music — his musical concepts are exciting while confidently understated. Like Louis Armstrong, Jamal is an exemplary ensemble player, someone who listens and responds with total command of the keyboard. His charismatic swing and daringly inventive solos always tell a story. Born in Pittsburgh 81 years ago, Jamal is playing better than ever, with lifetime achievement awards feeling premature given his ongoing desire to push the genre forward. He returns after his UMS debut in 2008 with the ensemble from his 2010 release, A Quiet Time, which features drummer Herlin Riley, who was for many years the drummer in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Added by umsmarket on July 21, 2011