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This 1958 live set showcases piano hero Ahmad Jamal’s rare gift for combining a modernist vision with an accessible, easygoing feel; the whole record overflows with new possibilities for the jazz piano trio format. Jamal’s less-is-more approach puts concision ahead of virtuosic displays. He drops short, masterfully constructed melodic phrases atop drummer Vernel Fournier and bassist Israel Crosby’s roll-and-tumble rhythms on tracks like the Latinate “Poinciana” and the speedy, slamming transformation of Oklahoma!’s “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.”

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Am I missing something? Why does this not include 'Poinciana'?
The track listing skips #6, one of the reasons for listening to this amazing set of music.
What gives?


Poinciana alone makes this album worth buying.


Born: July 02, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most individualistic pianists, composers, and arrangers of his generation, Ahmad Jamal's disciplined technique and minimalist style had a huge impact on trumpeter Miles Davis, and Jamal is often cited as contributing to the development of cool jazz throughout the 1950s. Though Jamal was a highly technically proficient player, well-versed in the gymnastic idioms of swing and bebop, he chose to play in a more pared down and nuanced style. Which is to say that while he played with the skill...
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