Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Morning

Oddly enough, Ahmad Jamal came up in conversation at a party last night so that's my pick for this week's Sunday record. It would be tough to choose a favorite, but The Awakening, his 1970 recording for Impulse, is definitely on the short list. Some cuts:

The Awakening by Ahmad Jamal Trio on Grooveshark
"The Awakening"

"Dolphin Dance" (written by Herbie Hancock)

"I Love Music"

"Wave" (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

"Stolen Moments" (Oliver Nelson)

(Photos by the great and underappreciated Chuck Stewart)

Almost all of the songs on The Awakening have been sampled in different ways for some true hip-hop classics:

Nas "The World Is Yours" (produced by Pete Rock) from Illmatic (1994, Columbia)

Shadez of Brooklyn "Change" 12-inch (produced by Da Beatminerz, 1996, Pandemonium/Tape Kingz)

Pete Rock & CL Smooth "It's On You" from The Main Ingredient (1994, Elektra)

DJ Premier beat for Jeru the Damaja "Me Or the Papes" from Wrath of the Math (1996, Payday)

So, um, there you have it, what I'm listening to this bright and sunny Sunday morning.

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