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Album Review

This fascinating date features pianist Ahmad Jamal at the beginning of his recording career. With guitarist Ray Crawford and either Eddie Calhoun or Israel Crosby on bass, Jamal showcases a style that would be a major influence on Miles Davis' music. Jamal's use of space and dynamics was very different than the style of any other jazz pianist of the era. His versions of "Old Devil Moon," "Will You Still Be Mine?," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and "A Gal in Calico" inspired Miles to record the songs in a similar fashion, and his "Billy Boy" became the basis of a performance by the Red Garland Trio. Most fascinating is Jamal's inventive interpretation of "Pavanne," for it has a section very reminiscent of "So What" (which was not "composed" by Davis until over two years later) and a melody statement that is exactly the same as John Coltrane's "Impressions."

Customer Reviews

This album is Ok

This album, contrary to it's title, doesnt seem to at all be from one evening, in fact it seems to be a compilation. It's not that the tracks are bad, they aren't, but I don't like compilations when im expecting to hear a flow throughout the evenings performance. I've never been a fan of "best of" albums unless I've been partying. I much prefer the "LIVE" Poinciana CD, even though it's short, you get a much better feel of Jamal's early, amazing, work.

Static anomaly

Realizing from reading an article on Miles Davis that I had no Ahmad Jamal in my music library and not wanting to continue to be a complete idiot I immediately bought some A. Jamal. I down loaded Poinciana 8 min. 11 sec.
So this is the only track I bought off this album so far but It has some weird static that comes and goes with the higher notes etc. I don't know the technical term for the anomaly but figured I would give a heads up. It is distracting partly because it is subtle and it comes and goes so I am always thinking what was that ? Then listening for it again and missing the music being played. There is a fair amount of restaurant sounds in this track as well. This may not be the best album for you if you are looking for recording quality over historical significance.

The next track I bought was Misty off the Priceless Jazz Collection album and it sounds clean so I isn't in my equipment or the down load.


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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