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AHMAD JAMAL

SATURDAY MORNING LA BUISSONNE STUDIO SESSIONS

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SATURDAY MORNING SATURDAY MORNING ALERTS AND DELIGHTS US IN OUR TRANSCIENCY ALLOWING US TO TASTE THE NECTAR OF THE VARIATIONS, THE RESPIRATIONS, THE MOVEMENTS OF LIFE. WHAT ARE THOSE STEEL, BRONZE, SILVER, GOLDEN AND CRYSTAL BELLS? WHERE ARE WE GOING? WHERE AND WHY GO AND WHY NOT STAY WHERE WE ARE? SATURDAY MORNING A MUSICAL STONE THAT ROLLS IN THE DEPTH OF OUR MINDS, LIKE A SONG THAT IS FOREVER SUNG INSPIRED BY THE HEREAFTER, ESSENCE OF THE ESSENCE OF THE BEGINNINGS OF MUSIC WHERE MINIMS, CROTCHETS, QUAVERS, SEMI-QUAVERS REMAIN TIRELESSLY THE SAME. SO WHY IS EVERYTHING SO DIFFERENT? TALKING HOLDS NO WEIGHT BEFORE THIS RIGHT TO EXIST, THIS FORCE CAUSING US TO MADLY LOVE LIFE.

LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

IN THE SAME WAY THAT LIGHT CAN BLIND US MUSIC BEWITCHES US. THE SATURDAY MORNING JOYFUL MANTRA THAT ENCOURAGES YOU TO TAKE YOUR TIME, TO SLOW YOUR PACE, TO STOP RUNNING AND TO SING, TO DANCE, TO STRETCH OUT TIME, TO OPEN, TO OPEN, TO OPEN, CRACK THE SHELL AS DOES THE MAY-BEETLE WITH ITS WINGS ON AWAKENING, FLIGHT TO SOMEWHERE UNKNOWN, PURE JOY OF A SATURDAY MORNING.

LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

RETURN TO THE ORIGINS OF ORCHESTRATED SOUND AND THE SILENCES OF UNKNOWN NOTES.

LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

BEHIND THIS MUSIC LAUGHTER SPRINGS AS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING WHEN BUDS OF THE CHESTNUT BURST, WHEN BLOSSOMS OF THE CHERRY EXPLODE, WHEN BLADES OF WILD GRASS SPRING FROM THE GROUND, WHEN ONE SATURDAY MORNING THE CLOUDS DANCE WITH MEN, WHEN PIANO AND BASS STRINGS, PERCUSSION SKINS AND DRUM CYMBALS DANCE, TRANSFUSE INTO THE HIDDEN CORNERS OF THE EARTH AND SKY, WHERE ALL MEMORIES OF MUSIC OF THE WORLD ENTWINE, FUNK, BLUES, BE-BOP, RAP

OUR BODIES EMPATHIZE WITH THIS MAGICAL WORLD OF SOUND, BECOME SPECKS OF DUST, FLY FREELY AWAY. TAKE, TAKE BACK AND START AGAIN, LIKE A CHILD LEARNING TO TAKE ONE STEP, THEN ANOTHER LIKE THE STEPS OF LIFE WE CLIMB TO LIFE’S END SINGING, HUMMING, WHISTLING, WITH THE APPROPRIATE LIGHTNESS, SO AS NOT TO FALL COME ON, GO AHEAD, GO FORWARD AND SMILE. LIFE IS FUN WHERE ARE YOU GOING? TO THE LEFT, THE RIGHT, STRAIGHT AHEAD, JUST DON’T GO BACK OR ONLY JUST A SMALL STEP. LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

GO ON START TODAY SATURDAY MORNING, IT IS MARKET DAY FOR PEOPLE AND CATTLE, IT IS A DAY TO WATCH THE SUN ‘S JOURNEY THE NEW MOON STILL THERE IN THE SKY. TO TAKE THE TIME TO STROLL AND TO LOVE TO SAY TO ONESELF TODAY SATURDAY MORNING

ALL IS ARIGHT WHY FRET, WHY LET MY THOUGHTS WORRY ME SINCE IT IS THE PRESENT TIME FAR FROM THE PAST AND FURTHER STILL FROM TOMORROW, IT IS TIME TO GATHER THE PETALS OF SOUL IT IS TIME TO EMBRACE THE FRESH OR WARM EARLY MORNING AIR TO SWALLOW THE TEARS THAT FLOW DOWN ONE’S CHEEKS WITH HAPPINESS FOR MERELY BEING ALIVE NONE OF THIS CHANGES WITH TIME TIME WITHOUT AGE AND SUFFERING, GO THEN TOMORROW IS IN THE DISTANCE, ALL THIS IS BUT A GAME, THE GAME OF EXISTENCE.

FIREWORKS OF THE SOUL, PETALS OF SILVER, GOLDEN AND CRYSTAL. THE HEART EXPANDS LIKE A PEACOCK PARADING AT THE DAWN OF A SATURDAY MORNING.

LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

Catherine Vallon-Barry

LITTLE MAN DO NOT CRY, LIFE IS SIMPLE. DO NOT FORGET THAT YOU WILL WASTE TIME OFTEN FOR NOTHING IT IS EASY TO LOVE, TO OBSERVE, TO LISTEN, TO ADVANCE EVEN IN THE NIGHT FOR ALWAYS MORNING WILL DOWN THE NEXT DAY THE MORNING OF A CYCLE THAT BEGINS THE MORNING.

AFTER NIGHT, THE MORNING, AFTER DREAMS, REALITY, AFTER REALITY, NON-REALITY, AFTER LIFE, DEATH, AFTER ME, YOU, AFTER THE AFTERS, IT IS THE AFTER OF TOMORROW. EVERYTHING STOPS BUT THAT IS AN ILLUSION, EVERYTHING CONTINUES, TURNS, VEERS AND RETURNS THAT MAKES ONE DIZZY BUT THAT IS LIFE IT IS THE SAME TIME ALL THE TIME.

LIFE IS SIMPLE, WHY COMPLICATE IT?

IT IS SO SIMPLE TO ARISE A SATURDAY MORNING THE RIGHT FOOT, LEFT FOOT, ON YOUR KNEES, ON ALL FOURS NO MATTER PROVIDING THAT THIS MORNING BE THE ONE WHERE LIPS SMILE AT THE LIGHT OF DAY THAT WORDS RING LIKE SPARKS OF LOVE,

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SATURDAY MORNING SATURDAY MORNING NOUS APPELLE DU PIED NOUS TITILLE DANS NOTRE IMPERMANENCE POUR NOUS FAIRE GOÛTER LE PISTIL DU PLAISIR DES VARIATIONS RESPIRATIONS MOUVEMENTS DE LA VIE QUELLES SONT CES CLOCHES D’ACIER DE BRONZE D’ARGENT D’OR ET DE CRISTAL ? OÙ ALLONS-NOUS ? OÙ ET POURQUOI ALLER ET NE PAS RESTER OÙ NOUS SOMMES ? SATURDAY MORNING PIERRE SONORE QUI ROULE DANS LE LIT DE NOTRE MÉMOIRE UNE CHANSON TOUJOURS FREDONNÉE INSPIRÉE DE L’AU-DELÀ ESSENCE DE L’ESSENCE DE LA NAISSANCE DE LA MUSIQUE OÙ LES BLANCHES LES NOIRES LES CROCHES DOUBLES CROCHES RESTENT INLASSABLEMENT LES MÊMES ALORS POURQUOI TOUT EST SI DIFFÉRENT ? LA PAROLE N’A PAS DE POIDS DEVANT CETTE LIBERTÉ D’EXISTER CETTE FORCE DE LA FOLIE D’AIMER LA VIE LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ? COMME LA LUMIÈRE PEUT VOUS AVEUGLER LA MUSIQUE VOUS ENSORCELLE MANTRA JOYEUX DU SATURDAY MORNING IL VOUS POUSSE À PRENDRE VOTRE TEMPS RALENTIR VOTRE RYTHME NE PLUS COURIR MAIS CHANTER DANSER DÉTENDRE LE TEMPS OUVRIR OUVRIR OUVRIR CRAQUER LA CARAPACE TEL LE HANNETON AU RÉVEIL POUR UN ENVOL VERS UN AILLEURS INCONNU JOUISSANCE PURE D’UN SATURDAY MORNING LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ?

LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ? DERRIÈRE CETTE MUSIQUE LE RIRE JAILLIT COMME AU PREMIER JOUR DU PRINTEMPS OÙ LES BOURGEONS DU MARRONNIER ÉCLATENT OÙ LES FLEURS DES CERISIERS EXPLOSENT OÙ LES BRINS D’HERBES FOLLES JAILLISSENT DE LA TERRE UN SATURDAY MORNING LES NUAGES DANSENT AVEC LES HOMMES LES CORDES DU PIANO DE LA BASSE LES PEAUX DES PERCUSSIONS LES TIMBALES DE LA BATTERIE DANSENT TRANSFUSENT DANS LES RECOINS CACHÉS DE LA TERRE ET DU CIEL LÀ OÙ SE LOVENT TOUTES LES MÉMOIRES DES MUSIQUES DU MONDE FUNK BLUES BE-BOP RAP NOTRE CORPS FAIT CORPS AVEC CE MONDE MAGIQUE DES SONS DEVIENT GRAIN DE POUSSIÈRE S’ENVOLE EN ÉLECTRON LIBRE PRENDS REPRENDS ET RECOMMENCE COMME L’ENFANT QUI APPREND À FAIRE UN PAS PUIS L’AUTRE COMME LES MARCHES DE LA VIE À GRAVIR JUSQU’À LA MORT EN CHANTANT FREDONNANT SIFFLANT AVEC LA LÉGÉRETÉ NÉCESSAIRE POUR NE PAS TOMBER ALLEZ VAS-Y AVANCE ET SOURIT C’EST DRÔLE LA VIE OÙ VAS-TU ? À GAUCHE À DROITE TOUT DROIT MAIS NE RECULE PAS OU ALORS D’UN PETIT PAS LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ?

ALLEZ REPARS AUJOURD’HUI SATURDAY MORNING C’EST LE JOUR DU MARCHÉ DES HOMMES ET DES BESTIAUX C’EST LE JOUR POUR REGARDER LA COURSE DU SOLEIL LA LUNE BLANCHE ENCORE LÀ DANS LE CIEL PRENDRE LE TEMPS DE FLÂNER ET D’AIMER DE SE DIRE AURJOURD’HUI SAMEDI MATIN TOUT VA BIEN POURQUOI ME SOUCIER DE MES PENSÉES C’EST LE TEMPS DU PRÉSENT LOIN DU PASSÉ ET TRÉS LOIN DE DEMAIN C’EST LE TEMPS DE CUEILLIR LES PÉTALES DE L’ÂME C’EST LE TEMPS D’EMBRASSER L’AIR FRAIS OU CHAUD DU PETIT MATIN AVALER LES GOUTTES QUI COULENT DE BONHEUR DU SIMPLE FAIT D’EXISTER CELA N’A PAS L’ÂGE DU TEMPS UN TEMPS SANS ÂGE ET SANS SOUFFRANCE ALLEZ DEMAIN EST AU LOINTAIN TOUT CELA N’EST QU’UN JEU LE JEU DE L’EXISTENCE

LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ? SE LEVER UN SAMEDI MATIN C’EST SI SIMPLE DU PIED DROIT GAUCHE À GENOUX À QUATRE PATTES QU’IMPORTE POURVU QUE CE MATIN SOIT CELUI OÙ LES LÈVRES SOURIENT À LA LUMIÈRE DU JOUR OÙ LES MOTS SONNENT COMME DES ÉTINCELLES D’AMOUR FEU D’ARTIFICE DE L’ÂME OU PÉTALES D’ARGENT LE CŒUR SE GONFLE COMME UN PAON FAISANT LE BEAU AU RÉVEIL D’UN SATURDAY MORNING LA VIE EST SIMPLE POURQUOI LA COMPLIQUER ?

Catherine Vallon-Barry

PETIT HOMME NE PLEURE PAS LA VIE EST SI SIMPLE N’OUBLIE PAS QUE TU PERDRAS TON TEMPS SOUVENT POUR RIEN IL EST SI SIMPLE DE S’AIMER REGARDER ÉCOUTER AVANCER MÊME DANS LA NUIT CAR TOUJOURS IL Y A LE MATIN DU LENDEMAIN LE MATIN D’UN CYCLE QUI COMMENCE LE MATIN APRÈS LA NUIT LE MATIN APRÈS LES RÊVES LA RÉALITÉ APRÈS LA RÉALITÉ L’IRRÉALITÉ APRÈS LA VIE LA MORT APRÈS MOI C’EST TOI APRÈS DE L’APRÈS C’EST L’APRÈS DEMAIN TOUT S’ARRÊTE C’EST UNE ILLUSION TOUT CONTINUE TOUT TOURNE VIRE ET RETOURNE ÇA DONNE LE TOURNIS MAIS C’EST LA VIE C’EST LE MÊME TEMPS TOUT LE TEMPS

RETOUR AUX SOURCES DE L’ORIGINE DES SONS ORCHESTRÉS ET DES SILENCES AUX NOTES INCONNUES

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SATURDAY MORNING LA BUISSONNE STUDIO SESSIONS 1 BACK TO THE FUTURE

4’15 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI

2 I’LL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU

4’34 Marjorie Goetschius / Edna Osser - BROADWAY MUSIC CORP.

TO ALL OF MY FANS AND FAMILY: I begin these notes on Saturday, May 25, 2013 This CD is the result of my return to Studio La Buissonne, Pernes-Les Fontaines, France

10’22 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI

Eleven tracks are here, that include three very special ballads, seven of my compositions and Sigidi’s ‘One’.

4 EDITH’S CAKE 4’47 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI

A FEW WORDS ABOUT MY ORIGINALS:

3 SATURDAY MORNING

5 THE LINE

7’15 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI

6 I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 6’37 Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh - EMI ROBBINS CATALOG INC. 7 FIREFLY 4’10 Ahmad Jamal - SHUBRA PUBLISHING, BMI 8 SILVER 4’40 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI 9 I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD

5’36 Francis Webster / Duke Ellington - EMI ROBBINS CATALOG INC., WEBSTER MUSIC CO.

10 ONE

(AHAD) 6’29 Sigidi / Welton Gite - GOLD SOVEREIGN MUSIC, SIGIDI SONG, BMI

11 SATURDAY MORNING (Reprise)

3’41 Ahmad Jamal - MAYAH PUBLISHING, BMI

AHMAD JAMAL piano REGINALD VEAL double bass HERLIN RILEY drums MANOLO BADRENA percussion

1. ‘Back To The Future’, written for the most part in the studio. 2. ‘Saturday Morning’, written in my home on a Saturday. 3. ‘Edith’s Cake’, written for Edith Prince, wife of Jean Prince who has worked on my discography for many years. Edith always bakes me a cake and brings it faithfully to me when they attend my concerts in France. This was also written in my home. 4. ‘The Line’, developed out of one of my sectional pieces, written a few years back. 5. ‘Firefly’, written for Laura, this is an abridged version. Originally recorded in 1982 in San Francisco under the title ‘American Classical Music’ and produced by Laura Hess-Hay, this vinyl record has become a collector’s item. 6. ‘Silver’, a tribute to Horace Silver. 7. ‘Saturday Morning’ (reprise). A shortened version of the title track. Sigidi’s composition, ‘One’, was recorded in 1978 and presented here for my many fans who request it frequently enough to justify this track!

Recorded in Pernes les Fontaines, France. February 2013.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO:

RECORDING:

My Executive Producers, Seydou Barry & Catherine-Vallon Barry.

Recorded by Gérard de Haro and Romain Castera at La Buissonne Studios, Pernes-les-Fontaines (France), supervised by Patrick Gonties.

My great friends Gérard Brémond CEO of Pierre & Vacances and Jean-Louis Guilhaumon President of Jazz in Marciac!

Steinway Piano prepared and tuned by Alain Massonneau.

Bose technical partner for my concerts, Ron Holtdijk, Director Professional Systems Division Bose Europe, Patrick Perrin, Bose France General Manager, Blaise Dupiellet, Bose Field Engineer.

Teaser filmed by Marion and Romain Castera (www.noamir.com)

Dominique Bluzet - Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix en Provence

MIXING AND MASTERING:

Alexandre Bouaziz - Pianos Prestige - Aix en Provence, for sending me one of my favorite Steinways D583220. An incredible instrument!!!

Mixed at Pilot Recording Studios.

Gérard de Haro and his assistant Roman Castera and all of Gerard’s wonderful staff at Studio La Buissonne.

Assistant engineer at Pilot, Brett Long.

Mix Engineer, Will Schillinger.

Patrick Gonties, my sound engineer for all of my concerts in Europe and beyond, and who was on hand to help engineer this session.

Mixes produced by Ahmad Jamal and Will Schillinger.

Pascal Bussy, Christian Girardin, René Goiffon, and all the staff at harmonia mundi. They are very passionate about their work and we do appreciate their efforts!!!

Mastered by Will Schillinger at Pilot Recording Studios.

Three extraordinary professionals and master musicians, Herlin Riley, Manolo Badrena, Reginald Veal.

The highest resolution analog to digital and digital to analog converters were used in the recording, mixing and mastering of this CD. We have taken the mix chain through RMG900 tape on a vintage Studer A80 1/2” machine meticulously aligned to +9 for each session. Without the use of high-pass or low-pass filters and with minimal limiting, the full spectrum of audio is left harmonically and dynamically open. We hope you enjoy the detail of these spectacular performances by the maestro Ahmad Jamal.

It is always a joy being in their company musically and socially. A new friend and a true professional, who has quite an impressive list of clients, deservedly so, Will Schillinger @ Pilot Recording Studios,Inc.

Will Schillinger

My staff: Laura Hess-Hay, Ellora Management,

Executive Producers Seydou Barry & Catherine Vallon-Barry for Jazzbook Records.

Andrew Stayman, office assistant.

Produced by Ahmad Jamal.

With sincere thanks to all who will listen to ‘Saturday Morning’, I remain, Peace, Love, & Joy, Ahmad Jamal

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www.ahmadjamal.com ELLORA MANAGEMENT Laura Hess-Hay PO Box 755 74B Interlaken Rd. Lakeville, CT 06039- USA Ph: 860-435-1305 Fax: 860-435-9916 elloramanagement@aol.com BOOKING INFORMATION: For Europe and Special Events, Worldwide: JAZZBOOK RECORDS Seydou Barry & Catherine Vallon-Barry 33 Avenue du Maréchal Koenig 13090 Aix en Provence - France Ph: + 33 (0) 4 88 14 63 35 s.barry@jazzbook-records.com c.vallon@jazzbook-records.com www.jazzbook-records.com For North America, Asia, Africa, Latin America &The Middle East: MM MUSIC AGENCY Maurice Montoya 11 Island Avenue-Suite 1711 Miami,FL 33139 - USA Tel: 305-763-8960 / 212 229-9160 Fax: 305-831-4472 info@mmmusicagency.com

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