One of the reasons why vinyl has become so popular again is the fact that the graphic design shines on a big sleeve. I picked this one from the sale bin just because the beauty of its package. Althought this is aimed at a club audience Ricardo's Tobar Collection on Sven Väth's Cocoon Recordings label even has some pleasing highlights to my ear. Sometimes reminding a little bit of Amon Tobin.

Ricardo Tobar Collection Cocoon recordings

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Belgian key wizard has teamed up with compatriots Michel Delville (guitar) and Maxime Lenssens (drums) to produce this atmospheric fusion album released on Moonjune Records. Moonjune boss Leonardo Pavkovic brought in Tony Levin on bass to lay down the bottom line. Funny to realise that the latter has played in front of president Kennedy and still kicking today.

Levin posted some photos of the recording session at Studio Jesus a while ago, so it's great to hear such a great outcome.

Was Ben Riley the drummer in Abdullah Ibrahim's Ekaya performance I attended at North Sea Jazz festival 1984? I have to check. He definitely played on that year's album.

Ahmad Jamal is a survivor: born in 1930 his importance in jazz history seems to grow with age. Now the cover of his new album 'Marseille' won't win him any prizes. The music certainly will.

Does the man has a love affair with Marseille? Fact is that two tracks named 'Marseille', in which a different vocalist (Abd Al Malik or Mina Agossi) offers spoken word, are central to this recording. A record date which leaves us yet again with marvel about Jamal's both gentle and adventurous piano playing.

Ahmad Jamal Marseille

Got to see him playing with JackDejohnette's Chicago project a couple of years ago.