“I have thought deeply about writing these notes for this release "Ballades".
First of all, I really didn't want to commit to anything outside of performing with my ensemble, however at the insistence of my executive producer, Seydou Barry, I did some takes while recording our latest release on PIAS, "Marseille", and this is what you have.
1. " Marseille " (reprise).
2. "Because I Love You", Composed and recorded simultaneously.
Eight other compositions ending with Johnny Mandel's "Emily".
I have decided to take out two pieces done with the ensemble, "Kitty Kat" and "ILL Wind".
Perhaps we will record them sometime in the future.
My beloved brother loved to hear me perform Ballades and I am hoping you will too.

All the best,
Ahmad Jamal”