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Ahmad's Blues

Ahmad Jamal

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Album Review

This CD reissues most of the music recorded on one night by the 1958 Ahmad Jamal Trio (which consisted of the pianist/leader, bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernel Fournier) during a live performance in Washington D.C. Originally released as the LP Ahmad Jamal plus part of Portfolio of Ahmad Jamal, these 16 selections display the uniqueness and tightness of this memorable unit. With great attention paid to dynamics and the use of space yet always swinging (at least lightly), the Ahmad Jamal Trio is heard at its best on such numbers as "It Could Happen to You," "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Squatly Roo," "A Gal in Calico" and "Let's Fall in Love."

Customer Reviews

Got to have this one...

Even Miles Davis liked Ahmad Jamal, so you know the guy could play. Great use of space and harmony, and the trio was very, very good.

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CoolFreeHardBop - a certified Groovologist (remastered 11/30/2010)

Sublime

Ahmad Jamal and his two shadows create mood and texture in each of these tracks. Highly recommend your dipping your toes in their deep, cool waters...

Pure Joy

Ahmad Jamal is the finest jazz pianist that ever lived. His music is both joyous and addictive.

Biography

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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Ahmad's Blues, Ahmad Jamal
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Sep 06, 1958

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