Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 2/7/1930.

Ha studiato alla Westinghouse High School ed ha debuttato con George Hudson nel 1949, ha poi suonato con i Four Strings. Nel 1950 si è convertito all’Islam ed ha cambiato il nome in Ahmad Jamal. Nel 1950 ha messo su il primo trio ”Three Strings” con Ray Crawford e Eddie Calhoun, con il quale ha ottenuto molto successo. Nel 1956 un’altro trio con Israel Crosby e Vernell Fournier, altro successo anche se più commerciale. In seguito la sua carriera è stata costellata da alti e bassi, da periodi di notorietà ad altri di anonimato. Nel 1972 ha organizzato un altro trio con Jamil Sulieman Nasser e Frank Grant, con il quale non ha ottenuto il successo sperato. Pianista molto originale, non lo si può catalogare in nessuna scuola. Musicista considerato molto più dai suoi colleghi che dalla critica. Egli ha avuto l’ammirazione di Miles Davis, che lo ha considerato un pianista eccezionale. E’ riuscito a fondere perfettamente l’ornamento musicale e la semplicità. Ha avuto una parte importante nella valorizzazione del trio jazz. Art Tatum ha detto di lui: Ecco uno che diventerà un grande pianista”.


Acorn – Aftermat (The) – Awakessing (The) – Manhattan reflection – New rumba – Night mist blues – Nite Mist Blues – Patterns – Tube (The)


The Piano Scene Of Ahmad Jamal / Poinciana.55The Piano Scene Of Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Eddie Calhoun (dr)

Old Devil Moon / Ahmad’s Blues / Poinciana / Billy Boy / Will You Still Be Mine / Pavanne / Crazy He Calls Me / The Surrey Whit The Fringe On Top / Aki And Ukthay / Slaughter On 10 th Avenue / A Gal In Calico / It’s Easy To Remember.

(Epic IN 3631)

Chicago, 25-10-51 e 25-10-52.

Ahmad Jamal Trio.55trio

Ahmad Jamal (p) Ray Crawford (b) Israel Crosby (dr)

Perfidia / Love For Sale / Rico Pulpa / Autumn Leaves / Squeeze Me / Something To Remember You By / Black Beauty / The Domkey Serenade / Don’t Blame Me / They Can’t Take That Away From Me.


New York, 25 Ottobre 1955.


Count’em 88.56Count’em 88.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Ray Crawford (g)

Volga Boatman / On Green Dolphin Street / How About You / I Just Can’t See For Lookin’ / Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year / Beat Out One / Maryam / Easy To Remember / Jim Love Sue.


Chicago, Settembre 1956.


Ahmad Jamal Trio- Chamber Music Of The New Jazz.56Chamber Music Of The New Jazz.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Ray Crawford (g)

New Rumba / A Foggy Day / All Of You / It Ain’t Necessarily So / Medley / I Get A Kick Out Of You / Jeff / Darn That Dream / Spring Is Here.

(Argo LP602)

23 Maggio 1956.


Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing.56atThePershing

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

But Not For Me / Surrey With The Fringe On Top / Moonlight In Vermont / Music Music Music / No Greater Love / Poinciana / Woody’n You / What’s New.

(Argo LP 628)

Chicago, 16-1-58.


Live At The Spotlight Club.58Live At The Spotlight Club.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

You Don’t Know What Love Is / A Gal In Calico / Ivy / Tater Pie / Autumn Leaves / This Can’t Be Love / Ole Devil Moon.


Washington D.C., 5-6 Settembre 1958.


Ahmad’s Blues.58Ahmad’s Blues

Ahmad Jakal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernel Fournier (dr)

Ahmad Blues / It Could Happen To You / I Wish I Knew / Autumn Leaves / Stompin’At The Savoy / Cheek To Cheek / The Girl Next Door / Secret Love / Squatty Roo / Taboo / Autumn In New York / A Gal In Calico / That’s All / Should I / Seleritus / Let’s Fall In Love.

(Chess GRP 1803)

Spotlite Club, Washington, 6-9-58.

Ahmad Jamal.58Live At The Spotlight Club.2

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

Taboo/ Should I/ Sompin’At The Savoy/ The Girl Nex Door/ I Wish I Knew/ Cheek To Cheek/ Autumn In New York/ Secret Love/ Squatty Roo/ That’s All.

(Argo 636) Spotlite Club, Washington, 5-6 Settembre 1958.

Jazz Gallery: Ahmad Jamal.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Ray Crawford (b) Israel Crosby (dr)

A Gal In Calico/ Crazy She Calls Me/ The Surrey With The Fringe On Top/ It’s Easy To Reme Camber.

(Philips 429624BE) Spotlite Club, Washington, 5-6 Settembre 1958.

Ahmad Jamal At the Penthouse.59atthepenthouse

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr) sezione archi Joe Kennedy (arr,cond,dir)

Comme Ci Comme Ca / Ivy / Never Never Land / Tangerine / Ahmad’s Blues / Seleritus / I Like The Recognize The Tune / I’m Alone With You / Sophisticated Gentlemen.

(Argo 646)

Chicago, 27-28 Febbraio 1959.

Happy Moods.60happymoods

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

Little Old Lady / You’de Be So Easy To Love / Time On My Hands / For All We Know / I’ll never Stop Loving You / Pavanne / Excerpt From The Blues / Rain Check / Speak Low / Rhumba n.2.


Chicago, 20-21 Gennaio 1960.


Listen To The Ahmad Jamal Quintet.60listento

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr) Joe Kennedy (viol) Ray Crawford (g)

Valentie / Yesterdays / Tempo For Two / Hallelujah / It’s Aderful World / Baia / You Came Along Way From St.Louis / Lover Man / Who Cares.

(Argo LP 978)

Chicago, 15-17 Agosto 1960.


Ahmad Jamal At The Blackhawk. 61At The Blackhawk.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

I’ll Take Romance / My Funny Valentine / Like Someone In Love / Falling In Love With Love / The Best Thing For You / April In Paris / The Second Time Around / We Live In Two Different Worlds / Night Misty Blues.

(Cadet 515002)



Cross Country Tour. 1958-1961.58crosscountry

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

Too Late Now / All The Things You Are / Cherokee / It Might As Well Be Spring / I’ll Remember April / Gone With The Wind / Billy Boy / It’s You Or No One / Sweet And Lovely / The Party’s Over / Broadway / Snowfall / Time On My Hands / Angel Eyes / What Is This Thing Called Love / Darn That Dream.

(CD GRP 813) 1958-1961.


Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

Billy Boy / Sweet And Lovely / I Didn’t Know What Time It Was / Taboo / I’ll Never Stop Loving You / I’ll Remember April / So beats My Heart For You / For All We Know / The Breeze And I / Like Someone In Love / Angel Eyes / The Girl Next Door.

(Cadet D 30-162)

Chicago, Gennaio 1958 e Giugno 1961.


Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

We Kiss In A Shadow / Sweet And Lovely / The Party I’s Over / Love For Sale / Snow Fall / Broadway / Willow Weep For Me / Autumn leaves / It’s Romantic / The Breeze And I / Time On My Hands / Angel Eyes / All Of You / You Re Blasé.

(Universal 9033)

Chicago, Luglio 1961.

All Of You.61All Of You

Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (dr)

Time On My Hands / Angel Eyes / You Go To My head / Star Eyes / Oll Of You / You’re Blasé / What Is This Thing Called Love.

(Argo 691)

Chicago, Luglio 1961.



Ahmad Jamal (p) Art Davis (b) Richard Evans (dir) e orchestra.

Sugar Loaf At Twilight / Montevideo / Belo Horizonte / Bossa Nova Do Marilla / Buenos Aires / Bogota / Haitian Marketplace / Carnival In Panama.

(Argo LP 712)

New York, 20-21 Dicembre 1962.


Naked City Theme.63Naked City Theme

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Chuck Lampkin (dr)

Whisper not / Naked City theme / One for Miles / Haitian market place / Beautiful love / Surrealism / Minor adjustment / Johnny one note / Have you met Miss Jones ? / I believe in you

(Argo LP733)

Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, 10 Dicembre 1963.


The Roar Of The Greasepaint.65The Roar Of The Greasepaint

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Chuck Lampkin (dr)

Who can I turn to ? / That’s what it is to be young / This dream / The beautiful land / Look at that face / Where would you be without me ? / It isn’t enough / My first love song / Sweet beginning / A wonderful day like today / Feeling good

(Argo LP751)

New York, 24-25 Febbraio 1965.


Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Chuck Lampkin (dr)

Extensions / Dance To The Lady / This Terribile Planet / Whisper Not.


New York, 18-20 Maggio 1965.




Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Chuck Lampkin (dr)

Effendi / Concern / Strange / Invitation / This could be the start of something / The shadow of your smile / I hear a rhapsody / Then I’ll be tired of you / You can be sure

(Cadet LP764)

Chicago, 15-17 Dicembre 1965.


Heat Wave66Heat Wave

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (d)

Heat wave / April in Paris / Allison / Gloria / St. Thomas / Misty / Theme from “The Oscar” / The fantastic vehicle / The girl next door

(Cadet LP777)

Washington, D.C., 17-18 Febbraio 1966.


Cry Young.67Cry Young.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (dr) coro di venti voci.

C’est si bon / Cry young / Nature boy / Call me irresponsible / There are such things / Minor moods / Who needs Manhattan / Little ditty / Tropical breeze / A beautiful friendship / Where is love ?

(Cadet LP792)

Chicago, 1967.


The Bright, The Blue And The Beautiful.68The Bright, The Blue And The Beautiful.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (dr) Howard Roberts Choir (vc) Hale Smith (cond)

By myself / Never let me go / Wild is the wind / Yesterdays / I wish I knew / Ballad for Beverly / Lover man / Of bass I love / At long last love / Gypsies in the wind

(Cadet LP807)

New York, 12-13 Febbraio 1968.


Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Nasser (b) Frank Gant (dr)

I Say A Little Prayer / The Look Of Love / When I Look In Your Eyes / Illusions Opticas / Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You / Emitly Tranquillity / Free Again / Manhattan Reflection.

(Impulse AS 9238)

New York, estate, 1968.


Ahamad Jamal At The Top : Poinciana Revisited. 69atthetoppoincianarevisited

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (dr)

Have You Met Miss Jones / Poinciana / Lament / Call Me / Theme From Valley Of The Dolls / Frank’s Tune / How Insensitive.

(Impulse A 9176)

New York, 1969.


The Awakening.70theawakening

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Nasser (b) Frank Gant (dr)

The Awakening / I Love Music / Patterns / Dolphin Dance / You’re My Everything / Stolen Moments / Wave.

(Impulse IMP 12262)

New York, 2-3 Febbraio 1970.


Free Flight.71freeflight

Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (dr)

Effendi / Dolphin Dance / Manhattan Reflections / Poinciana.

(Impulse AS 9217)

Casino De Montreux, Montreux, Svizzera, 17-6-71.



Outertimminner Space.71Outertimminner Space

Ahmad Jamal (p-p/el) Jamil Sulieman (b) Frank Gant (dr)

Bogota / Extansions.

(Impulse AS 9226)

Montreux, 17-6-71.



Ahmad Jamel ’73.7320th Century Fox

Ahmad Jamal (p/el) orchestra diretta da Richard Evans

The world is a ghetto / Children of the night / Superstition / Trilby / Sustah, sustah / Soul girl / Peace at last

(20th Century Fox T417)

Chicago, 1973.



Ahmad Jamal (p) Richard Evans, Jamil Nasser (b) Brian Grice, Frank Gant (dr) Marilyn Haywood, Vivian Haywood, Jimmy Spink, Morra Stewart, Charles Colbert (vc)

Ghetto Child / Misdemeanor / Along The Nile / Trouble Man / Jamaica / Don’t Misunderstand / Theme Bahamas / Children Calling.

(20th Century Fox T432)

Chicago, 1973.

Jamal Plays Jamal.74Jamal Plays Jamal

Ahmad Jamal (p,p/el) Jamil Nasser (b) Frank Gant (dr) Azzedin “Niles” Weston (cga)

Eclipse / Pastures / Dialogue / Spanish interlude / Death & resurrection / Swahililand

(20th Century Fox T459)

New York, 1974.


Live At Oil Can Harry’s.7Live At Oil Can Harry's

Ahmad Jamal (p) Calvin Keys (g) John Heard (b) Frank Gant (dr) Seldon Newton (cga)

Effendi / Poinciana / Folklore / Bellows

(Catalyst CAT7606)

Vancouver, Canada, 1976.


Steppin’ Out With A Dream.77Steppin' Out With A Dream.

Ahmad Jamal (p,p/el) Calvin Keys (g) John Heard (b) Frank Gant (dr) Seldon Newton (perc)

Prelude to a kiss / My one and only love / Crossfire / Tucson / Handclapper

(20th Century Fox T515)



Live At Bubba’s.80Live At Bubba’s

Ahmad Jamal (p) Sabu Adeyola (b) Payton Crossley (dr)

Waltz For Debbie / House On The Hill / People / Blea / It’s The Good Life / Autumn In New York / I’ve Never Been In Love Before / Folks Sho Live On The Hill.

(Kingdom Jazz Gate 7002)

Fort Lauderdale, 20-3-80.


Night Song.80Night Song

Robert Bryant (tp) Oscar Brashear (tp) Maurice Spears (tb) Garnett Brown (tb) Pete Christlieb (sa) Ernie Fields Jr. (sb) Ahmad Jamal (keyb) Gil Askey (keyb-arr) Calvin Keys (g) Greg Poree (g) Chester Thompson (dr)

When You Wish Upon A Star / Deja Vu / Need To Smile / Bad Times / Touch Me In The Morning / Night Song / Theme From M*A*S*H* / Something’s Missing In My Life.

(Motown M7 945 R1)


Ahmad Jamal-Gary Burton In Concert.81Ahmad Jamal-Gary Burton In Concert.

Gary Burton (vib) Ahmad Jamal (p) Sabu Adeyola (b) Payton Crossley (dr)

Presentazione / Morning Of The Carnival / One / Bogata / Tones For Joan’s Bones / Autumn Leaves.

(Kingdom Jazz Gate 7006) Cannes, 26-1-81.

Presentazione / My Funny Valentine / Chaga De Saudade / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes / African Flower / One.

(Black Label 8006) 26-1-81.

American Classical Music.82American Classical Music

Ahmad Jamal (p) David Adeyola (b) Seldon Newton, Payton Crossley (dr)

Lament for a dying boy / Somewhere along the Nile / Close enough for love / Firefly / Mellowdrama / Goodbye Mr. Evans / Polka dots and moonbeams / Bluesette

(Shubra SHU101)

San Francisco, Luglio 1982.

Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival 1985.85Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival 1985.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b/el) Herlin Riley (dr) Seldon Newton (perc)

Yellow Fellow / Make Some Happy / Acorn / Crossroads / Rossiter Road / ‘Round Midnight / Footprints / Eboney.

(Atlantic 781 699-1 2LP)

Montreal, Luglio 1985.


Digital Works.85Digital Works.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Iraj Lashkary (b) Herlin Riley (dr) Larry Ball (perc)

Poinciana / But Not For Me / Midnight Sun / Footprints / Once Upon A Time / One / La Costa / Misty / Theme From Mash / Bioncavo / Time For Love / Wave.

(Atlantic 781258 CD)

Los Angeles, 1985.


Rossiter Road.86Rossiter Road.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Herlin Riley (dr)

Milan / If I Find The Way / Without You / Acorn / Yellow Fellow / Autumn Rain / Winter Snow / Rossiter Road.

(Atlantic 781645 CD)

New York, 27 Gennaio, 2 Febbraio1986.



Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) David Bowler (dr)

Quest For Light / Arabesque / Avo / Piano Solo 11 / For My Daughter / Perugia / The Last Day / Crystal / Swahililand / The Canteen.

(Atlantic 781793 CD)

Warren, Rhode Island, 1987.



Ahamad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) David Bowler (dr)

Pittsburgh / Bellow / Mellowdrama / Foolish Ways / Divertimento / Cycles / Fly Away / Apple Avenue.

(Atlantic 782029 CD)

Chicago, IL, 1989.


Live! at Blues Alley.91Live! at Blues Alley

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) David Bowler (dr) Selden Newton (perc)

Effendi / Your story / The quest for light / A time for love / Serenata / Medley: You’re my everything, A certain smile / Pusher man / Dreamsville

(Blues Alley 10005)

Live Blues Alley, Washington, 30 Novembre 1991.

Live In Paris ’92.92Live In Paris ’92.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (g) David Bowler (dr)

The Tube / Alopne Together – Laura – Wild Is The Wind / Caravan / Easy Living / Acorn / Appreciation / Look For The Silver Lining / The Aftermath.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Todd Coolamn (b) Gordon Lane (dr)


(Birdology 849 408 CD)

La Sale de Spectacles, Colombes, Francia, 3-4 Aprile 1992.

In Search Of.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr)

Island Fever.

(Dreyfus FDM 36644-2) Midbrook, New York, 27-8-92.

Chicago Revisited Live At Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase.92chicagorevisited

Ahmad Jamal (p) John Heard (b) Yoron Israel (dr)

All The Things You Are / Daahoud / Tater Pie / Bellow / Blue Gardenia / Dance To The Lady / Be My Love / Where Are You / Lullaby Of Birdland.

(Telarc Jazz CD 83327)

Chicago, 13-14 Novembre 1992.


Waltz For Debby.93Waltz For Debby.

Ahmad Jamal (p)

Waltz For Debby / The Folks Who Live On The Hill / People / Bahia / The Good Life / Autumn In New York / I’ve Never Been In Love Before / Morning Of The Carnival / One / Autumn Leaves.


19 Marzo 1993.


I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn.94I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Ephriam Wolfolk (b) Ariti Dixson (dr)

My Flower / I Got It Bad / In A Sentimental Mood / Ruby / Don’t You Know I Care / Prelude To A Kiss / Do Nothin’Thill You Hear From Me / Chelsea Bridge / I Remember Hoagy / Skylark / Never Let Me Go / Goodbye.

(CS Telarc 33339)

2-3 Giugno 1994.


The Essence Part.1.95The Essence Part.1

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Flight Toulouse / Lover Man / Catalina / Street Of Dreams / Bahia.

Parigi, 30-31 Ottobre 1994.

George Coleman (st) Ahmad Jamal (p) Jamil Nasser (b) Idris Muhammad (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

The Essence / Autumn Leaves.

(Birdology 529327) New York, 6-7 Febbraio 1995.

Big Byrd -The Essence Part Two.95The Essence Part.2

Donald Byrd (tp) Joe Kenndy Jr. (viol) Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack, Jamil Nasser (b) Idris Muhammad (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Lament / There’s A Lul In My Life / Manhattan Reflections / Big Byrd / Jamie My Boy / I Love You.

(Birdology 533 477)

La Plaine St.Denis, 30-31 Ottobre 1994 e New York, 6-7 Febbraio 1995.

Live In Paris 1996.96Live In Paris 1996.

Ahamad Jamal (p) George Coleman (st) Joe Kennedy Jr. (viol) Calvin Keys (g) Jeff Chambers (b) Yoron Israel (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Bellows / Patches / Autumn Leaves / Devil’s In My Den / There’s A Lull In My Life.

(Birdology-Dreyfus Jazz FDM 37020)

Salle Pleyel, Parigi, 26-10-96.


Nature : The Essence Part Three.97The Essence Part Three..

Ahamad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr) Othello Molineaux (perc)

If I Find You Again / Like Someone In Love / Chaperon / And We Were Lovers / Fantastic Vehicle / The End Of A Love Affair / Cabin In The Sky (Medley : Cabin In The Sky – Poor Pierrot – The Reprise / If I Find You Again.

Stesso gruppo con Stanley Turrentine (st)

Devils’ In My Den.

(Birdology 3984 23105) Pemes Les Fontaines, Luglio 1997.

The Assai Quartet.98The Assai Quartet

Ahmad Jamal (p) Ephriam Wolfolk (b) Jaroslaw Lis (viol) Ariti Dixson (dr)

Temple Court / Comp Time / Feast / Patouche / A Short Piece / Pots en verre n.1 / Pots en Verre n.2 / Pots en Verre n.3 / Pots en Verre n.4 / Everybody Knows.

(CD Roesch 42)

27 Gennaio 1998.

Picture Perfect.2000Picture Perfect.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Jamil Nasser (b) Mark Cargil (viol) Idris Muhammed (dr)

Building Number 1 / Le Moment de Veritè – The Proving Ground / Le Riruel – The Ritual / Whisperings / It Always Happens / My Latin / Spot One / Picture Perfect / Mystifying / The Blomming Flower / Ultra Violet / It’s Only A Flower.

(Birdology 85268)

20 Maggio, 6 Giugno 2000.

Live At Midem.2000Live At Midem.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Gary Burton (vib) Payton Crossley (dr)

Presentazione / Morning Of The Carnival / One / Bogota / Tones For Joan’s Bones / Autumn Leaves.

(CD Starbust 1011)



Olimpia 2000.2000Olimpia 2000.

George Coleman (st) Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr)

The Night Has A Thousend Eyes / How Deep Is The Ocean / Autumn Leaves / My Foolish Heart / Appreciation / Aftermath.

(Dreyfus Rec.36629)

6 Novembre 2000.

Live In Hamburg.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr)

Aftermath / Acorn / You Can See / Devil In My Den / Kaleidoscope / Appreciation.


Live In Concert.

Ahmad Jamal (p) Gary Burton (vib) Sabu Adeyola (b) Payton Crossley (dr)

Appreciation / MY Funny Valentine / Chega De Saudade / The Night As A Thousend Eyes / African Flower / One.

(Just Jazz 1014) 17-4-2001.

In Search Of Momentum.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr)

In Search Of / Shold I / Excerpts From I’ll Take The 20 / Whispering / Island Fever / I’ve Never Been In Love Before / Where Are You / Where Are You Now /You Can see / I’ll Always be With You.

(Dreyfus Rec. 36644) 22 e 28 Agosto 2002.

After Fajr.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr)

I’m Old Fashioned / Milan / Yours Is My Heart Alone / Swahililand / My Heart Stood Still / Time On My Hands / Topsy Turvy / Manhattan Reflection.

Stesso gruppo con anche: Donna McElroy, Jodi Jenkins Ainsworth, Yumico Matsuoka, Paul Stiller, Oaul J.Pampinella, Tom Baskett (vc)

After Fajr.

(Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36 676) Enghien (Francia) 5-7 Luglio 2004.

It’s Magic.2008itsmagic

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Idris Muhammad (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Dynamo / Swahilliland / Back To Island / It’s Magic / Wild Is The Wind – Sing / The Whay You Look Tonight / Arabesque / Papillon / Fithah.

(Dreyfus Rec.36918)

25-28 Novembre 2007.

A Quiet Time.

Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Kenny Washington (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Paris After Dark / The Love Is Lost / Flight To Russia / Poetry / Hi Fly / My Ispiration / After JALC / A Quiet Time / Tranquillity / The Blomming Flower / I Hear A Rhapsody.

(Dreyfus Rec.36945) 9-11 Luglio 2009.chiusura


Jacksonville, Florida. 23/7/1946.

Ha iniziato a studiare il piano ed il sassofono e dopo aver ascoltato Milt Jackson ha scelto il vibrafono. Ha messo su il ”Cosmic Forces Ensemble”e poi i ”Sounds Of Liberation”con il quale suona presso diverse comunità nere. Nel 1973 a New York ha lavorato con Sunny Murray con il quale ha messo su il gruppo ”Untouchable Factor”, ha registrato con David Murray, Bill Lewis che è stato suo maestro, con Monette Sudler e con Ted Daniel. Ha organizzato a Philadelphia ”The Change Of The Cenrury Orchestra” insieme a David Murray, poi ha collaborato con Shannon Jackson, Jemeel Moondoc, Billy Bang e con Johnny Dyami. Nel 1985 ha suonato insieme a Charles Tyler e a J. Bonner.



Bryan Lancaster (f) Bernard Sammul (p) Khan Jamal (vib) Clifton Burton (arm) Sunny Murray (dr)

Nubian Queen / Infinity / Lovely Afternoon / The Known Unknown / The Angry Young Man.

(Stash CD 20)

Ambler, PA, 7 Dicembre 1982.


Dark Warrior.

Charles Tyler (sa,ss,sb) Khan Jamal (vib) Johnny “Mbizo” Dyani (b) Leroy Lowe (dr)

Johnny’s in Malmo / Just us / Principal / Whisper sweet / Dark warrior / Hucksterman / Space traveller.

(SteepleChase SCS1196)

Copenhagen, 31 Settembre 1984.


Khan Jamal (vib,mar) Pierre Dorge (g/el) Johnny “Mbizo” Dyani (b)

Lilli goes to town / Bhala / Blueslife / Tjader / My speak of the nation / A bomb / Children of the third world / Three.

(SteepleChase SCS1201)

Copenhagen, 30 Ottobre 1984.


The Traveller.khan-jamal-the-traveller

Khan Jamal (vib) Johnny “Mbizo” Dyani (b) Leroy Lowe (dr)

Thelonious / Unsung heroes / Bells of joy / Equinox / Body and soul / The traveller / Bloom / Colours.

(SteepleChase SCS1217)

Copenhagen, 31 Ottobre 1985.


Thinking Of You.khan-jamal-thinking-of-you

Byard Lancaster (fl-cl-cl/b) Khan Jamal (vib) Oliver Collins (keyb) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (b) Billy Hart (dr) Omar Hill (perc)

Sweet Brown Blower / In A Sentimental Mood / Thinking Of You / Soulful Gospel Truth / Theme For Winnie Mandella / Elements Of Life.

(Storyville SLP 4138 CD)



Speak Easy.khan-jamal-speak-easy

Dave Burrell (p) Kham Jamal (vib) William Parker (b) Sunny Murray (dr)

Speak Easy / Jennifer’s Poem / Rain Colors / Blues For An Endagered Species / Family Of The Spirits / Easy Living / Free Nelson.

(Gazel/Imp 4001)

Springhouse, PA, 2-9-88.


Don’t Take No !.khan-jamal-dont-take-no

Khan Jamal (vib,synt) Mark Kramer (p,synt) Monnette Sudler (g) Warren Oree (b) Dwight James (dr)

Don’t take no / Scandanavian dawn / Peaceful warrior / One for Hamp / Three for all / Hip out / Body and soul.

(Stash STCD20)

Ambler, PA, 1989.


Percussion & Strings.khan-jamal-percussion-strings

Khan Jamal (vib,mar) Dylan Taylor (cello) Ed Crockett (b) Craig McIver (dr,mar) Pete Vinson (dr)

Professor Bill / Whisper sweet / Sphere / Blue Monk / Six + seven equals thirteen / Another kind of blue / Witch doctor’s son / Return from exile / Four on three / ‘Round midnight.

(CIMP 143)

Rossie, NY, 24 Marzo 1997.

Cubano Chant.khan-jamal-cubano-chant

Byard Lamcaster (fl-cl-cl/b) Kham Jamal (vib) Omar Hill (perc) Kino Speller (perc)

Cubano Chant / Tjader II / Soul Station / Nubian Queen / The J.A.Z.Z. / Wayne’s Mode / Eleanor Rigby.

(Jambrio 1002)



Balafon Dance.khan-jamal-balafon-dance

Roy Campbell (tr,flic) Jemeel Moondoc (sa) Khan Jamal (vib,balafon) Dylan Taylor (b) Dwight James (dr)

Odean / Just us / Principle / Balafon dance / Summertime / African rhythm tongues / Nobody knows de trouble I see / One for Hamp.

(CIMP 267)

Rossie, NY, 18-19 Marzo 2002.


Black Awareness.khan-jamal-black-awareness

Grachan Moncur, III (tb,vc) Byard Lancaster (sa) Khan Jamal (vib) Dylan Taylor (b) Dwight James (dr)

One comes first / Riff raff / Believe / Black awareness / Nubian queen / Bloom / Sonny’s back (part 1) / Sonny’s back (part 2).

(CIMP 322)

Rossie, NY, 10-11 Gennaio 2005.


Return From Exile.khan-jamal-return-from-exile

Kahm Jamal (vib)

Granny’s Dance / Gemini / One For Khan / Revolution / Trouble Ahead / Manha de Carnaval / Nubian Queen / Wachi Wara / Speak Easy / Return From Exile / Ethnic Passion.




Gruppo tradizionale fondato a Milano da Vittorio Castelli. Questo gruppo è nato sulle ceneri della “Swingera” complesso nato nel 1962 sempre a Milano. Esso è composto da Fabrizio Cattaneo, Luciano Invernizi, Guido Cairo, Pierluigi Sangiovanni, Walter Ganda. Ha svolto una intensa attività concertistica internazionale ed ha avuto modo di ospitare nel gruppo musicisti come Al Casey, Benny Waters, Earl Warren, Teddy Riley, Freddie Kohlman. Nel suo repertorio sono presenti anche brani swing e di R&B.


We Remember Satchmo.

Fabrizio Cattaneo (tp) Luciano Invernizzi (tb-vc) Vittorio Castelli (cl-vc) Chicco Zanaboni (sa) Guido Cairo (p) Pierlugigi Sangiovanni (b) Walter Ganda (dr)

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue / Tin Roof Blues / My Bucket’s God A Hole In It / After You’ve Gone / Georgia Grind / Shine / The Lonesome Road / St.Louis Blues / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love / Rose Room / It Ain’t My Fault.

(SIB & CO SIBL 1202) Milano, 14-2-87.

Jambalaya Six.

Fabrizio Cattaneo (tp) Luciano Invernizzi (tb-vc) Vittorio Castelli (cl-vc) Chicco Zanaboni (sa) Guido Cairo (p) Pierlugigi Sangiovanni (b) Walter Ganda (dr)

Milneburg Joys / I Want A Little A Girl / New Orleans Joys / In The Shad Of The Old Apple Tree / Wild Man Blues / Old Man Mose / Terrible Blues / Who’s Sorry Now / Snag It / Coquette / Love Was Mmade For You And Me / Walk That Walk / Bugle Call Rag / Ole Miss.

(Blueshouse BH 004) Freising, Germania, 20-4-94.chiusura


Pittsburg, Kansas. 20/4/1936.

Della sua vita si conoscono solo le tappe della sua carriera di musicista, che è iniziata nel 1954 nell’orchestra di Lionel Hampton. Ha suonato poi dal 1956 al 1957 con Booker Ervin, con James Moody dal 1960 al 1961, Candido Camero, con Don Patterson, ha suonato e registrato con Gene Ammons, con Sonny Stitt, dal 1962 al 1963 con Eddie”Lockjaw”Davis, ancora con Paterson in duo e con il gruppo, con Eric Kloss dal 1965 al 1966, con Eddie Harris nel 1971 e con Houston Person nel 1982.chiusura


Marshall, Missouri. 25/12/1939.

Ha iniziato a studiare il pianoforte a quattro anni, ha frequentato l’Università del Michigan dove si è diplomato in composizione. Nel 1963 si è trasferito a New York dove ha fatto parte dell’orchestra di Maynard Ferguson, poi ha accompagnato Sarah Vaughan come pianista ed arrangiatore. Come arrangiatore ha lavorato con Quincy Jones, per Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Eric Gale, Grover Washington, Hank Crawford, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, Stanley Turrentine e Idris Muhammad. Ha composto spesso delle colonne musicali di film lavorando per la Warner Bros. Nel 1974 ha partecipato al concerto di Gerry Mulligan alla Carnegie Hall. Nel 1977 ha fondato una sua casa editrice la Tappan Zee, con la quale ha favorito il successo di Richard Tee e Mongo Samtamaria. Ha collaborato con Quincy Jones, Morgana King, Roberta Flack e Dionne Warwick. Ha lavorato per la CBS, ha collaborato con i cantanti pop Neil Diamond e Paul Simon. Nel 1995 ha registrato con Gato Barbieri un album di latin jazz. Ha diretto un trio con Christian McBride e Brian Blade. Musicista che si è diviso tra il jazz ed il pop. Direttore d’orchestra ma soprattutto arrangiatore molto sofisticato. Ha sempre diretto anche delle grandi orchestre fusion.


Bold Conceptions.bob-james-bold-conceptions

Bob James (p) Ron Brooks (b) Bob Pozar (dr) Quincy Jones (prod)

Fly My To The Moon / Birks’Work / Quest / The Night We Called It A Day.

Chicago, 13-8-62.

Nardis / Trilogy.

Chicago, 14-8-62.

My Love / Moment’s Notice.

(Mercury MG 20768) Chicago, 15-8-62.


Bob James (p) Barre Phillips (b) Robert Pozar (dr) Bob Ashley, Gordon Mumma (elettr.)

Peasant Boy / Untitled Mixes / Explosions / And On / Wolfman.

(ESP Disk 1009 LP)

New York, 10-5-65.


One. bob-james-one

Bob James (keyb) Rickie Resnicoff (g) Eric Weissberg (g/steel) Seymour Barab, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, David Nadien, Alan Shulman, George Ricci, Gene Orloff, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Anthony Sophos (viol) George Marge, Romeo Penque (fl/a) Hugh McCracken (arm) Grover Washington Jr. (ss) John Faddis (tp) Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Victor Paz, Thad Jones (flic) Wayme Andre (tb) Jack Gale, Alan Raph, Paul Faulise (tb/b) Gary King (b) Idirs Muhammad, Steve gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald, Dave Friedman (perc)

Valley Of The Shadow / In The Garden / Soulero / Night On Bald Mountain / Feel Like Making Love / Nautilus.

(CTI) New York, Aprile 1974.


Bob James (keyb) Lani Groves, Patti Austin, Zachary Sanders, Frank Floyd (vc) Eric Gale, Richie Resniocoff (g) Harold Kohon, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Matthew Raimondi, Gene Orloff, Harry Cykman, , Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofski, Joseph Malin (viol) Seynour Rabat, Allan Goldenberg, Warren Lash, Jesse Levy, George Ricci, Allan Shulman, Anthony Sophos (viola) Hubert Laws (fl) Eddie Daniels (cl) Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Vioctor Paz, John Frosk (tp-flic) Peter Gordon, Jimmy Buffigton, Al Richmond (fh) Eddie Bert, Tommy Mitchell, Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (tb) Gary King (b) Andrew Smith, Steve Gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald, Arthur Jenkins (perc)

Take Me To Mardi Grass / I Feel A Song / The Golden Apple / Farandole / You’re As Right As Rain / Dream Journey.

(CTI) New York, Dicembre 1974.

Three. bob-james-three

Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, John Frosk, Marvin Stamm (tp-flic) Dave Bargeron, Dave Taylor, Wayne Andre (tb) Eddie Daniels, Hubert Laws, Jerry Dodgion (fl) Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Matthew Raimondi (viol) Al Brown (viola) Gloria Agostini (arpa) Hugh McCracken, Eric Gale, Jeff Mironov (g) Charles McCracken, Allan Shulman (cello) Will Lee, Gary King (b) Andy Newmark, Harvey Mason (dr) Ralph McDonald (perc)

On Mint Julep / Women Of Ireland / Westchester Lady / Storm King / Jamaica Farewell / Pure Imagination / Where The Wind Blows Free / Tappan Zee / Nights Are Forewer Without You / Treasure Island / El Verano.

(Import 87013) Novembre 1975, Gennaio 1976.

BJ Four. bob-james-four

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Eddie Daniels (cl-fl-sax) Hubert Laws (fl) Art Farmer (tp-flic) Gary King (b) Steve Gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald (perc)

Pure Imagination / Where The Wind Blows Free / Tappan Zee / Nights Are Forever Without You / Treasure Island / El Verano / Spring As Gone.


New York, Novembre-Dicembre 1976.


Heads. bob-james-heads

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Eric Gale, Steve Khan (g) Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker (tp-flic) Richard Tee (keyb) Alphonso Johnson (b) Steve Gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald (perc)

Heads / We’re All Alone / I’m In You / Night Crawler / Youi Are So Beautiful / One Loving Night.


New York, Settembre 1977.


Bob James (p-clav-synt) Eric Gale, Hiram Bullock (g) Earl Klugh (g) Hubert Laws (fl) David Samborn (sa) Ron Carter (b) Gary King (b/el) Idris Muhammad, Stve Gadd (dr) Mongo Santamaria, Ralph MacDonald (perc)

Angela (Theme From “Taxi”) / Touchdown / I Weant To Tank You (Very Much) / Sun Runner / Caribbean Nights.


New York, Giugno 1978.

Lucky Seven.bob-james-lucky-seven

Bob James (p-clav-synt) John Faddis, Randy Brecker (tp-flic) David Samborn (sa) Hiram Bullock, Steve Khan (g) Gary King (b/el) Neil Jason (b) Stev Gadd (dr) Patti Austin (vc)

Rush Hour / Blue Lick / Look-Alike / Big Stone City / Fly Haway.


New York, 1979.


All Around The Town.bob-james-all-around-the-town

Bob James, JoAnne Bracken, Richard Tee (p) Eddie Gomez (b) Steve Gadd, Billy Hart (dr)

Thouchdown / Stompin’At The Savoy / Taxi / We’re All Alone / Farandole / Westchester lady / Golden Apple / Kari / Woman Of Ireland.

(Columbia C2X 36786)

New York, 21-12-79.


A Keyboard Event.bob-james-a-keyboard-event

Bob James (p) Ron Carter (b)

Winding River.

Bob James (p) Ron Carter (b) Hubert Laws (fl)

Doom / Memory Of Minnie.

(CBS 8827)

D.C.Pavilion, Los Angeles, 12-1-81.

Sign Of The Time.bob-james-a-sign-of-the-time

Jon Faddis, Mike Lawrence, Ron Tooley (tr) Jim Pugh, Dave Taylor (tb) Phil Bodner, Eddie Daniels, Wally Kane, George Marge, Whit Sidener (reeds) Max Ellen, Barry Finclair, Charles Libove, Jan Mullen, Joseph Rabushka, Richard Sortomme, Gerald Tarack (vl) Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Casey Cysik, Hilary James, Yvonne Lewis, Babi Floyd, Frank Floyd, Milt Grayson, Luther Vandross (vc) Bob James (p,syn) Steve Khan (g) Gary King (b) John Robinson (dr) Leonard “Doc” Gibbs (perc).

Hipnotique / Steamin’Feeling The / Enchanted Forest / Unicorn / Sign Of The Times / Love Power.

.(Columbia) New York, 1981.

Hands Down.bob-james-hands-down

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Steve Khan (g) Jay Beckenstein (sa) Eddie Daniels (st) Randy Brecker, Mike Lawrence, John Faddis, Marvin Stamm (tp) Wayne Andre (tb) Marcusl Miller (b) Harvey Mason Sr. (dr) Luther Vandross, Patti Austin (vc)

Janus / Roberta / It’s Only Me / Spunky / Macumba / Shanboozie.


New York, 1982.


Bob James (p-clav-synt) Steve Khan (g) David Samborn (sa) Marcus Miller, Willie Lee (b) Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald (perc)

Ludwig / Calaban / Fireball / Zebra Man / Miranda / Marco Polo.




Taxi – The Genie Soundtrack.bob-james-taxi

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Eric Gale, Steve Khan (g) Tom Scott (sax) gary King (b) Steve Gadd (dr) Ralph MacDonald (perc)

Broklyn Heights Boogie / Genie / Last Change / Ballade / Groove For Julie / Hello Nardo / Marilu / New York Mellow / Night Moods / Angela (Theme For Taxi)




Bob James (p-clav-synt) Charles Vullo, Eric Gale, Stev Khan (g) Dave Brown (g) Kirk Whalum (sax) Lew Soloff (tp) Dave Taylor, Eddie Daniels, George Young, Jim Pugh, Jon Faddias, Marvin Stamm, Ronnie Cuber, Ron Tooley (horns) Donald Paterson, Gary King, Marcus Miller (b) Steve Summer, Yogi Horton (dr) Leonard”Doc”Gibbs (perc)

No Pay, No Play / Courtship / Moonbop / I Need More Of You / Ruby, Ruby, Ruby / Midnight / Legacy / Synco Sanata.

(Columbia) 1985.

The Swan.bob-james-the-swan

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Hugh MacCracken, Steve Gadd (g) Rob Zantay (synt) Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, Willie Lee (b) Pter Erskine, Yogi Horton (dr) Leonard Doc Gibbs, Sammy Figueroa (perc)

The Swan (From Carnival Of Animals) / La Delaissado (From Haute Auvergne) / Prospero / Water Music / Ensenada Madness / Quietly Crazy For You.



Double Vision.bob-james-double-vision

David Sanborn (sa) Bob James (p) Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Gale (g) Marcus Miller (b) Steve Gadd (dr) Paulinho da Costa (perc) Al Jarreau (vc)

Maputo / More than friends / Moon tune / Since I fell for you / It’s you / Never enough / You don’t know me.

(Warner Bros 25393)



Bob James (p-clav-synt) Jon Faddis (tp) Kirk Whalum, Andy Snitzer (sax) Lenny White (dr/pr) Marcus Miller (b) Liza Fisher.

Obsession / Gone Hollywood / There A.M. / Rousseau / Rain / Steady / Feel The Fire.

(Warner Brow)

New York, 1986.


Ivory Coast.bob-james-ivory-coast

Alexander Zonjic (fl) Kirk Whalum (st) Bob James (p) Dean Brown, Doc Powell (g) Gary King (b) Buddy Williams, Omar Hakim (dr) Leonard Doc Gibbs, Max Risenhoover, Rex Quintero (perc)

Ashanti / Rosalie / Yogi’s Dream / Adult Situation / Orpheus / Moodstar.

(Warner Bros. 25757)



Gran Piano Canyon.bob-james-gran-piano-canyon

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Kirk Whalum (ss-st) Chris Hunter (st) Andy Snytzer (st) Roger Rosemberg (sb) Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker (tp) Jim Pugh (tb) Lee Ritenour (g) Eric Gale, Dean Brown (g/el) Gary King, Nathan East (b) Paulinho Da Costa (perc) Abraham Laboriel (b) Max Risenhoover, Harvey Mason (dr) Leonard Doc Gibbs (perc)

Rare Bones / Restoration / Wings For Sarah (Tribute To Sarah Vaughan) / Svengali / World’s Apart / Stop That / Xraxse / Just Listen / Far From Turtle.

(Warner Bros) 1989.


Bob James (keyb) Earl Klugh (g,g/el) Paul Pesco (g) Gary King (b) Ron Carter (b) Harvey Mason (dr) Leonard Doc Gibbs (perc)

Movin’ on / As it happens / So much in common / Fugitive life / The night that love came back / Secret wishes / New York samba / Handara / The sponge / Terpsichore / San Diego stomp / Miniature.

(Warner Bros. 26939)

New York, 1992.

Morning, Noon & Night.bob-james-morning-noon-night

Rick Braun, Barry Danielian (tr) Jim Pugh (tb) Lawrence Feldman (fl) David Mann (sa) David McMurray, Dave Koz (st) Keiko Matsui (p) Bob James (keyb) Herman Jackson (org) Paul Jackson, Chuck Loeb (g) Paul Brown (sitar) Will Lee, Roberto Valiy, James Genus (b) Brian Dunne, Vinnie Colaiuta (dr) Bashiri Johnson, Paulinho Da Costa (perc) Rob Swift (scratches) Hilary James, Kevin Di Simone (vc)

Street smart / Just one thing / Morning, noon & night / Hands on / Over & over / Five o’clock chateau / When the love is over / Nightbeat / Baby cakes / Dai dai ya / Count on it.

(Warner Bros. 48270) New York, 1992.


Bob James (p-clav-synt) Ila Schloss, Hilary James (vc) Andy Snitzer (sa) Michael Brecker (st) Michael Colina (synt) Jeff Miranov, Nick Moroch, Dean Brown, Fareed Haque (g) Ron Carter (b) Max Risenhover (b-synt-dr-perc) Nathan East, Pino Palladino (b) Harvey Mason, Steve Ferrone (dr) Lisa Fisher, Fonzuìi Thornton, Tawantha Age, Luther Vandross (vc (back)

Lotus Leaves / Under Me / Restless / Kissing Cross / Storm Warning / Animal Dreams / Back To Bali / Into The Light / Serenissima / Awaken Us To The Blue.

(Warner Bros) Los Angeles, New York, 1994.

Straight Up.bob-james-straight-up

Bob James (p) Christian McBride (b) Brian Blade (dr)

Night Crawler / Ambrosia / James / The Jody Grind / Lost April / Three Mice Blind / Hockney / Shooting Stars / Quiet Now.

(Warner Bros Rec. 45946)

New York, 20-21 Dicembre 1995.


Joined At The Hip.bob-james-joined-at-the-hip

Kirk Vhalum (sax) Bob James (p) Hiram Bullock (g) Jeff Goub (g) Criss Walker (b) Billy Kilson (dr) Hilary James, Kevin Vhalum (vc)

Soweto / Kickin’Back / Out Of The Cold / Deja Blue / Midnight At The Oasi / Tell Me Something Nice / Tour The Fourths / The Ghetto / The Prayer.

(Warner Bros.Rec.46318)

New York, 1996.


Playin’ Hooky.bob-james-playin-hooky

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Nathan East (vc-b-b/el)Rasheeda Azar (vc) Boney James (ss-st) , Rick Brown (tp-flic) Max Risenhoover (vib-dr/prog) Dave Samuel (vib) Marcel East (keyb-prog) Paul Brown (g) Chuck Loeb, Nick Morroch (g) Fareed Haque (g) James Genus (b) Chris Walker (b-vc/back) Billy Wilson, Steve Gadd (dr) Cyro Baptista, Emedin Rivera, Lenny castro (perc) Michael Colina (prog) Jeff Carrutthers (sytn) Hilary James, Kevin DiSimone (vc/back) Snitzer Hovlin’Horns.

Playing With Fire / Mind Games / The River Return / Organza / Hook Line & Sinker / Glass Hertas / Night Sky / Do It Again / Love Is Where / Are You Ready.

(Warner Bros) 1997.

Joy Ride.bob-james-joy-ride

Bob James (p-clav-synt) Richard Bona (vc-g-b-perc) Jonathan Butler (vc-g) Rasheeda (vc) Dave McMurray (ss-keyb) Kim Waters (ss-sa) Boney James (sax) Chris Botti (tp) Jerry Hey (flic) Dave Mann (fl) Chuck Loeb (keyb-g) Marcel East (keyb-dr-perc) Tim Heintz (keyb) Michael Colina (synt) Norman Brown, Lee Ritenour, Nick Moroch, Tony Maiden, Wayne Gerard, Michjael Thompson (g) Nathan East, Will Lee (b) Billy Kilson (dr) Lenny Castro (perc)

Take Me There / Raise The Roof / It’s All Right / Swingset / Joy Ride / What’s Up / Fly By / The First Time / Strollin’ / Sweet Talk Me Now / Trade Winds / Bisso Baba.

(Warner Bros) New York, 1999.

Dancing On The Water.bob-james-dancing-on-the-water

Bob James (p) Keiku Matsui (p) Joe Sample (p) Chuck Loeb (g) Dave Holland (b)

Alone Together / The Green Hour / Bogie’s Boogie / Altair And Vega / Hum Drum / Last Night When We Were Young / Dancing On The Water / Modesty / Tapawingo / Autumn Nocturne / Duo Oto Subito.

(Warner Bros.Rec.47842)

New York, 13-2-2001.

Take It From The Top.bob-james-take-it-from-the-top

Bob James (p) James Genus (b) Billy Kilson (dr)

Billy Boy / Straighten Up And Fly Right / Downtown / Tenderly / Nardis / Poinciana / Caravan / Soul Eyes / Django.

(Kock Records 9519)

New York, 10-12 Febbraio 2003.


Angel Of Shanghai.bob-james-angel-of-shanghai

Bob James (p-synt-keyb) Li Li (fl) Lu Cong, Zao Qi (dizi) Jack Lee (g) Harvey Mason Sr., Lewis Pragassan (dr-perc)

Celebration / Gulangyu Island / Endless Time / Theme “Onara” / Dream With Me / Anmgel’s Theme : The Invention Of Love / The Magic Paintbrusch / Melodia ; A Quiet Place For Two / Butterfly Lovers / Dialogues : The Universal Language / Angela With Purple Bamboo.

(Kock Records 4227)

New York, 2004-2005.

Urban Flamingo.bob-james-urban-flamingo

David McMurray (fl-sa-st) Bob James (p) Hilary James, Kevin DiSimone (keyb) Jack Lee, Wayne Gerard, John Pondel, Perry Hughes (g) Nathan East (b) James Genus, Al Turner (b) Billy Kilson, Ron Otis, Louis Pragrasm (dr) Bridgette Bryant (vc)

Choose Me / Niles A Head / Skidaway / Urban Flamingo / Lay Down With You / Fresh Start / Make It More Blue /Bobary Coast / Endless Time / Wingapo.

(Koch Record 9979) 21-2-2006.chiusura


Macon, Georgia. 23/12/1927.

Figlio di musicisti, ha studiato pianoforte alla Cosmopoliotan School Of Music di Cincinnati. Nel 1945 ha debuttato come vocalist dei “Jumping Jacks” di Jack Jackson, poi nel 1957 è entrato nell’orchestra di Lionel Hampton con il quale ha inciso ed ha effettuato diverse tournée. Cantante dalla voce bluesy.chiusura


Yonkers, New York. 1910. – New York. 25/7/1954.

Ha debuttato al basso tuba con i Gene Rodgers’Revellers nel 1928, poi ha fatto parte dell’orchestra di June Clark, poi con Chick Webb nel 1932. E’ passato contrabasso con Benny Carter, ha suonato poi con Fletcher Henderson nel 1934, con Lucky Millinder, con Louis Armstrong, con Edgar Hayes nel 1937 e con Milt Mezz Mezzrow. Ha preso parte alle storiche registrazioni volute da Hugues Panassié con Ladnier-Mezzrow del 1938. Ha suonato anche con Claude Hopkins nel 1940 e con Zutty Singleton. In seguito ha lasciato la musica per altra attività. chiusura


Canton, Mississippi. 27/1/1918. – Chicago, Illinois. 24/5/1963.

E’ nato in una piccola piantagione ed ha imparato a suonare la chitarra. Al seguito di Sonny Boy Williamson e Robert Jr.Lockwood ha girato molti Stati del sud. Ha inciso ”Dust my broom” che ha ottenuto un grande successo. Nel 1952 è andato una prima volta a Chicago. Poi vi è tornato nel 1954 per lavorare con Tampa Red, nei club della città. Ha inciso per Bobby Robinson dei dischi che sono stati i suoi migliori in assoluto. Bluesmen stella del profondo Sud, uno dei massimi esponenti del moderno blues. Egli si è ispirato a Robert Johnson, dalla voce aspra e intensa, appena attenuata da una vena malinconica. E’ stato uno dei primi ad usare lo strumento eletrico ed il primo urlatore del blues rurale. chiusura


Los Angeles, California. 25/1/37.

Nata da madre negra e padre italiano. Ha esordito con Johnny Otis e ha lavorato poi con Maxwell Davis. E’ arrivata ad un discreto successo. Cantante che ha saputo fondere nel suo canto il blues ed il gospel anche se con un pizzico di teatralità. Ha rappresentato un legame perfetto tra le cantanti di R&B ed quelle soul. Le sue interpretazioni sono a volte piene di grida rauche e stridenti, ma dalla grande potenza, dalla voce piena di intensità genuina e toccante ed a volte dalla grande aggressività sexy.


Rocks The House.etta-james-rocks-the-house

Etta James (vc) Gavrell Cooper (st) Vonzell Cooper (org) David Walker (g) Marion Wright (b) Freeman Brown o Richard Watyers (dr)

Something’s Got A Hold On Me / Baby What You Want Me To Do / What’s I Say / money / Seven Day Fool / Sweet Little Angel / Ooh Poo Pah Doo / Woke Up This Morning / Ain’t That Lovin’You Baby / All I Could Do Was Cry / I Just Want To Meke Love To You.

(MCA/Chess MCDO 9184)

Nashville, 27-28 Settembre 1963.

Tell Mama.etta-james-tell-mama

Etta James (vc) Gene Miller (tp) Charles Chalmers, James Mitchell, Floyd Newman, Aaron Warnell (sx) George Davis, Marvell Thomas (p) Dewey L.Oldham (p-org) Carl Banks, Barry Beckett (org) Jimmy Ray Johnson, Albert Lowe (g) David hood (b) Roger Hawkins (dr)

Tell Mama/ I’d Rather Go Mind/ Watch Dog/ The Love Of My Man/ I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got/ The Same Rope/ Security/ Steal Away/ Don’t Lose Your Good Thing/ My Mother-In-Law/ It Hurts Me So Much/ Just A Little Bit/.

(Cadet D 30-177) Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Agosto-Novembre 1967.

Deep In The Night.etta-james-deep-in-the-night

Etta James (vc) Chuck Rainey (b/el) Cornell Dupree (g) Larry Carlton (g-arr) Richard Tee (p-org) Plas Johnson, Jim Horn (st) Jimmy Haskell, Keith Johnson (arr) ed altri musicisti.

Laying Beside You / Piece Of My heart / Only Women Bleed / Take It To The Limit / Deep In The Night / Lovesick Blues / Strange Man / Sugar On The Floor / Sweet Touch Of Love / Blind Girl.

(Bullseye Blues CD BB 9579)

Hollywood, 1978.

Live From S.Francisco.etta-james-live-from-s-francisco

Etta James (vc) Keith Johnson (tp-tast) Bobby Martin (sx-corno-tast-vc) Brian Ray (g) Kurtis Teel (b) Armand Grimaldi (dr)

I Just Want To Make Love To You / Take It To The Limit / Baby What You Want Me To Do / Sugar On The Floor / Tell Mama / I’d Rather Go Blind / Otis Redding Medley / Born Blue.

(Private CD82125)

San Francisco, Marzo 1981.

Mystery Lady: Songs Of Billie Holiday.etta-james-mystery-lady

Etta James (vc) Ronnie Buttacavoli (tp-flic) Kraig Kilby (tb) Red Holloway (sa-st) Cedar Walton (p) Josh Sklair (g) Tony Dumas (b) Ralph Penland (dr)

Don’t Explain / You’ve Changed / The Man I Love / I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance / Lover Man / Embraceable You / How Deep Is The Oecan / The Masquerade Is Over / Body & Soul / The Very Thought Of You / I’ll Be Seeing You.

(Private Music 01005-82114) Los Angeles, 1994.

Time After Time.etta-james-time-after-time

Etta James (vc) Ronnie Buttacavoli (tp) Kraig Kilby (tb) Herman Riley, Eddie Harris (st) Cedar Walton (p-arr) John Sklair (g) John Clayton (b) Paul Humphrey (dr)

Don’t Go To Strrangers / Teach Me Tonight / Love Is Here To Stay / The Nearmess Of You / Time After Time / My Funny Valentine / Imagination / Fool That I Am / Willow Weep For Me / Ev’ribody’s Somebody’s Fool / Night & Day / Someone To Watch Over Me.

(Private 82128) Los Angekes, 1994-1995.

Love’s Been Rough On Me.etta-james-loves-been-rough-on-me

Etta James (vc) Jim Horn, Mike Haynes, Chris McDonald, Sam Levine, Joe McGlohon (horns) Steve Nathan, Barry Beckett (keyb) Don Potter (g) Brent Rowan, Dann Huff, Josh Sklair (g/el) Paul Franklin (steel-g) Michael Rhodes (b) Eddie Bayers (dr) Terry McMillan (perc) Donna McElroy, Vicki Hampton, Yvonne Hodges, Dennis Wilson, Curtis Young, John Wesley Ryles, Louis Nunley (vc)

The rock / Cry like a rainy day / Love’s been rough on me / Love it or leave it alone / Don’t touch me / Hold me / If I had any pride left at all / I can give you everything / I’ve been lovin’ you too long / Done in the dark.

(Private Music 0100582140) 1997.


Beggs, Oklahoma. 7/12/1906.

Musicalmente è cresciuto a St.Louis, dove ha debuttato con Charlie Creath e poi ha suonato anche con Johnny Neal. Nel 1928 si è trasferito a Chicago, dove ha suonato con Jimmie Noone, con Sammy Stewart, con Doc Watson, King Mutt, Punch Miller e Jabbo Smith. Nel 1931 ha fatto parte del gruppo di Louis Armstrong, con il quale ha anche registrato dei dischi. In seguito si è trasferito a New York dove ha lavorato con Alex Hill, con Charlie Turner e con Fats Waller che era subentrato a Turner nella direzione dell’orchestra. Negli anni’40 ha lavorato con James P.Johnson, con Benny Carter nel 1941, con Teddy Wilson nel 1946, con Lucky Millinder, con Claude Hopkins e Noble Sissle, con i quali ha preso parte ad un gran numero di registrazioni. Ha messo su una sua orchestra con la quale si è esibito al Famous Door ed al Cafè Society di New York. chiusura



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