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Album Review

"Poinciana" was such a big hit for the Ahmad Jamal Trio that the album Poinciana (recorded just eight months after the original single version) has a remake that served as the title cut. Performed live at the Spotlight Club in Washington D.C., the music features close musical communication between the trio members (who include bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernell Fournier) on such numbers as "A Gal In Calico," "Autumn Leaves," and "This Can't Be Love." Recorded the same day as The Ahmad Jamal Trio, Volume IV, this date was equally rewarding and worth searching for.

Customer Reviews


I heard poincianna for the first time 2 days ago and damn near lost my mind! So I researched AJ's library of music. This man is a genius. All of his music is awesome. I wonder why I slept for so long???? Peace.

CRAZY (in a good way)

I am the only 13 year old I know that likes jazz. I tell my friends about it, and they all go "Jazz?! Who Listens to jazz?" I love jazz. Everyone says the best albums are Kind of Blue and Time Out, but Poinciana has to be the best song. I wish iTunes would put the full version of this song though. Everything in this is perfect!

good stuff

I used to own this album in vinyl. Jamal has great technique cadence and poise especially live. Rythmn section on Poinciana is still mind boggling


Born: July 2, 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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