This is Ahmad Jamal's second album for Dreyfus, following the excellent Olympia 2000 (2001).
This is Ahmad Jamal's second album for Dreyfus, following the excellent Olympia 2000 (2001). Jamal works here in the configuration he finds most challenging—a trio—with bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammad. A contemporary of Miles Davis, Jamal is an icon of post-bop and cool jazz who is still making wonderful things happen at the keyboard. He wrote four tunes for In Search of . . . , including "Island Fever," a lively, colorful bit of melodic interplay and a dynamic contrast to the much darker tones of "Should I." The late O.C. Smith added a moving vocal to Jamal's "Whisperings," one of Smith's last recordings. Jamal covers four songs here as well, the most satisfying being the energetic groove derived from Monty Alexander's "You Can See." At age 72, Jamal has never been more compelling.—PVV