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Priceless Jazz [Ahmad Jamal]

  • 1. New Rhumba
    2. On Green Dolphin Street
    3. Poinciana
    4. Best Thing for You, The
    5. Night Mist Blues
    6. Rain Check
    7. Effendi
    8. Concern
    9. Misty
    10. Whisper Not
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9899

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Usher; Dick Lapalm; Jack Tracy; Phil Chess; Ahmad Jamal; Bob Belden (Compilation)
    EngineerEdward Green; Bernie Clapper; Ron Malo; Tommy Nola

    This is part of GRP Records' Priceless Jazz series.
    Personnel: Ahmad Jamal (piano); Ray Crawford (guitar); Frank Gant, Vernel Fournier, Walter Perkins (drums).
    Liner Note Author: James Isaacs.
    Photographers: Alan Nahigian; Chuck Stewart.
    This disc offers a very fine, if brief (10 tracks) sampler of pianist Ahmad Jamal's work from the mid-1950s to the mid-'60s. On the most superficial listen, the music here seems to fall in line with the standard cool and post-bop modes of the era, but further attention reveals Jamal's exquisite sensibility as an architect of sound in the small-ensemble context. On "Concern" and the well-known "Poinciana," Jamal's penchant for a chamber-like conception of jazz is evident.
    As a player and arranger, Jamal utilizes space and subtlety to create tension within his own spare melody lines and between the players in his trio. These techniques abound in his interpretations of tunes by Irving Berlin, Billy Strayhorn, McCoy Tyner, and Errol Garner, and on his own excellent compositions (note the carefully calibrated pizzicato guitar lines by Ray Crawford on "New Rhumba"). Through all of this delicacy and formal innovation, Jamal's group manages to swing like nobody's business, giving the listener a double dose of pleasure on this budget compilation.

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