Saturday, October 02, 2004

Jazz pianist Jamal still going strong at 74

His energy was matched by the drive of his music, which moved in a practically nonstop run for about 90 minutes. He offered some standards -- notably "But Not for Me," one of his hits, as an encore -- but most of the tunes were the originals he continues to write.

And, of course, he played what is basically his theme song. At one point he finished a song and said quickly into the mike, "Here's 'Poinciana,'" as if to say, "Well, you know, I really do have to play this."

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