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Priceless Jazz Collection: Ahmad Jamal

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Album Review

Priceless Jazz is a good midline sampler of highlights from Ahmad Jamal's recordings for MCA and GRP. Although this isn't a definitive collection, it offers representative material to make this a good introduction to these recordings for curious listeners on a budget.

Customer Reviews

Great piano trio!

I wish I had discovered Jamal earlier in my music listening life. Great piano trio music. Generally great relaxing "evening" music. I suspect if you like the music of Brubeck, you'll like Jamal. But then I'm partial to this era of jazz.

Give me back my favorite album!

In order to have the complete "Live at the Pershing" album one must buy everything but Poinciana individually for $0.99 and then buy this album for $8.99. Thats a rip off. "Live at the Pershing" is Ahmad Jamal's only album with true relevance and I cant even get the whole thing unless I buy this one too. I saw Ahmad in concert last year and he didn't play any thing from this compilation except Poinciana, but he did play everything off of "Live at the Pershing". He even played "But Not For Me" twice.


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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