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Ahmad Jamal: Interview 2

Interview Two: Producers

Two interviews by Les Tomkins with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal who discusses his musical career. Both interviews conducted in 1979

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0n the recording field, a major obstacle to a musician is the ‘producer’. I believe wholeheartedly that nobody can produce me—I produce myself. In the first place, the reason why you’re there as a producer is that you were attracted to the musician’s talent, that was there way before you met him. People are drawn to my music because of things that I did, that exposed me to them. This idea of producers, as understood today, is absolutely absurd, and I resent it highly.

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