Ahmad Jamal – Macanudo (NJL 50) (1963)

SAM_0329UK Pye Jazz issue of US Chess/Argo exotica Lp by then-Chicago based pianist. In fact, the record is more accurately described as a collaboration with bassist/composer/arranger Richard Evans, who did much excellent work with the progressive wing of the Chess stable. A song-cycle of sorts, Evans wrote all eight pieces after visiting several South American countries on a JFK-sponsored cultural exchange program. My impression from other liner notes is that this was one cultural exchange that really culturally benefitted all concerned. Whether CIA operatives also gained a destabilising foothold is another matter upon which I couldn’t possibly comment.SAM_0328The music is richly orchestrated, sparkling, particularly “Haitian Market Place“; and sounds like a genuine hybrid of Latin American styles and the jazz, rather than mere pastiche.

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  1. another one i’d like to hear – richard evens did some good work with dorothy ashby. brilliant cover too. did you also get this album from the same lady as the richard groove holmes one before the cave door slammed shut?

    • It is a nice album, one that I’d never have heard, even though I was familiar with Evan’s work with Dorothy Ashby, but for crate-digging. This Lp came to me for a pound at the boot fair in Ashford from a completely different lady.

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