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Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing - But Not for Me (Live)

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This 1958 live set showcases piano hero Ahmad Jamal’s rare gift for combining a modernist vision with an accessible, easygoing feel; the whole record overflows with new possibilities for the jazz piano trio format. Jamal’s less-is-more approach puts concision ahead of virtuosic displays. He drops short, masterfully constructed melodic phrases atop drummer Vernel Fournier and bassist Israel Crosby’s roll-and-tumble rhythms on tracks like the Latinate “Poinciana” and the speedy, slamming transformation of Oklahoma!’s “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.”

Customer Reviews

why i hate partials

this is why i hate of the trio's premier albums, it omits Poinciana, one of the premier cuts...great interpretation and incredibly representative of Jamal's stylistic notion of repurposing the music...oh well

why is Poinciana missing

The is one the best by Ahmad Jamal but why is Poinciana Missing this is not the full cd. Are you out of your mind for not having the best song from this album

Ahmad Jamal's best albums aren't here

This incomplete album (missing Poinciana!) is the only one of AMG's top rated Ahmad Jamal albums from the late 50's and early 60's. Totally missing from iTunes are these great Ahmad Jamal albums: But Not for Me ('58), Complete Live at the Spotlite Club ('58), Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge ('58), Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961, and Alhambra ('61).


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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