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Jamal as I remember

This album from 1958 is the quintessential Ahmad Jamal - smooth, jazzy, and very, very cool. He set the bar for the smooth jazz that followed. This is a must have album.

Good but Misleading

The music on this album is indeed excellent, but -as is often the case on budget releases- the personnel and date information provided is all wrong. This group doesn't sound anything like his 50s/60s "Poinciana" trio and, in fact, isn't even a trio as you can hear on tracks 3 through 6. That's probably Gary McFarland on vibes and I'm guessing the other two are Frank Gant and Jamil Nasser. It's great music, but try something else if you are looking for Ahmad's classic late 50s sound.


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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