Like that other great jazzman Mose Allison, also now in his 80s, Ahmad shows no signs of slowing down ... he remains one of those great world music originals, as were Mongo Santamaria, Mano De Bango, Toumani Diabate or the late Ali Farka Toure from Mali. Ahmad has been one of the foremost influential jazz pianists and composers over the last 5 decades (as I imagine Billy Strayhorn was in the '40s and '50s).
(I got 8 of Ahmad's early albums at a bargain price in that new series 'Eight Classic Albums' on 4 cds, the other day .... amazing the list of other artists this series features from Peggy Lee and Julie London to Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington and Yusef Lateef .... and favourites Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith). I must do a Miles Davis appreciation soon: those albums like "In A Silent Way" which I like so much, or "Bitches Brew" or the early classics like "Kind of Blue".
Jagger of course has been back too with that recent very lucrative tour and the CROSSCUT HURRICANE documentary, but of course the older Jagger has never been away long - David however despite health rumours looks terrific and has us all looking forward to that new album which won't need any publicity budget at all. The Bowie albums I love are "Young Americans", "Lets Dance", "Station to Station" and the Berlin-era albums (which the new video for "Where are we now" hark back to), plus those fascinating video collections with "Blue Jean", "Hello Spaceboy" etc ... (Speaking of Jagger, Tony Richardson's 1970 film NED KELLY, turned up on our TCM late last night - 10 minutes of it was quite enough ...).