It has been three years since After Fajr, the critically acclaimed album The New York Times declared “one of his best” (Ben Ratliff, May 30, 2005), and Ahmad Jamal has been keeping very busy.
The 77-years old pianist, composer, arranger, producer, manager, and officier (more on that later) has been touring the world, writing new compositions, selling out concert halls, and discovering, producing, and nurturing new talent. Mr. Jamal, who has always known how to get attention and keep it, has been continuously improving his repertoire, never once resting on his laurels.
The eagerly awaited new album, from one of the most revered pianist on the international music scene, is all about remembering the past while continuing to develop new territory. Dedicated to Jean-François Deiber, his friend and producer who passed away just before After Fajr’s release, It’s Magic features six originals, two of which have never been recorded, and three standards with celluloid connection.