Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal to release new 2xLP, Ballades





The artist turned 89 earlier this year.

Jazz pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal will release a new solo album, Ballades, via Harcourt Records this September.

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Featuring three original compositions alongside three duets with long-time collaborator, the bassist James Cammack, Ballades looks back on Jamal’s ‘transcendent journey’ as a musician, over a career that stretches seven decades.

As well as fronting iconic trio releases such as At the Pershing: But Not For Me, Jamal’s sparse compositional style would be given a new lease of life by hip-hop producers like Nas, Common and DJ Premier, who all sampled his 1970 album The Awakening.

Ahmad Jamal’s Ballades will be released on 13th September on 2xLP. Head here for more information and check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Marseille
2. Because I Love You
3. I Should Care
4. Poincina
5. Land of dreams
6. What s New
7. So Rare
8. Whisperings
9. Spring Is Here
10. Emily

Photo by Brian McMillen