What we know so far about Marseille, which is new from Ahmad Jamal this summer. Who is on it with the piano jazz giant? Herlin Riley on drums, Manolo Badrena, percussion, James Cammack on double bass familiar on Jamalian records heretofore and also now a new element introduced featuring the vital awareness of Abd Al Malik, spoken word. Who is Abd Al Malik? He is a French/Congolese rapper and author from Paris who converted to Islam in the late-1990s and whose own work includes an interpretation of the work of Albert Camus. Jamal, 86, of whom Miles Davis famously made plain to acknowledge “All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal” and whose unique sense of flow and spontaneously composed mood momentum remains crucial in the music of Robert Glasper, Peter Edwards and so many more of our most cherished new generation pianists, will unveil music from the Jazz Village release at the Marseille Opéra on 12 and 13 June.