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Ahmad's Blues

Ahmad Jamal

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One of Miles Davis's favorite musicians, Ahmad Jamal has a unique approach as a pianist, composer, and arranger that is highly influential and distinctive. Possessed of a light, almost classical touch, and a purveyor of negative space and minimal phrasing (his influence on Davis can certainly be seen here), Jamal worked largely in trio settings, and used his conceptions of space and subtlety to create dynamic tensions within the group. At the same time, the artist's work is rooted firmly in the blues and swings intently, without fail. Ahmad's Blues, the trio's 1958 live date in Washington D.C., demonstrates all of these qualities in spades. Supremely attentive playing by bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernel Fournier (his brush work on the intricate, gear-shifting "Autumn Leaves" is especially noteworthy) provides groundwork, foil, and shifting frames for Jamal's virtuoso explorations. The ensemble's work brings new ideas -- the musicians often incorporate understated mambo, fractured swing rhythms, or airy, abstract structures -- to standards ("Stompin' at the Savoy;" "Cheek to Cheek") and to Jamal's own compositions (the delicate "Seleritus"). Ahmad's Blues allows us to eavesdrop on the sophisticated, innovative artist and company at work.
© Rovi Staff /TiVo

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1
Ahmad's Blues (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:04:05

Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
It Could Happen To You (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:04:15

Johnny Burke, Author - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I Wish I Knew (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:03:45

Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Autumn Leaves (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:07:40

Johnny Mercer, Author - Joseph Kosma, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Chisholm, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Stompin' At The Savoy (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:04:16

Benny Goodman, Composer - Edgar Sampson, Composer - Chick William Webb, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Cheek To Cheek (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:04:47

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Girl Next Door (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:03:26

Hugh Martin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Blane, ComposerLyricist - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Secret Love (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:03:52

Paul Francis Webster, Author - Sammy Fain, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Squatty Roo (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:02:18

JOHNNY HODGES, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Taboo (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:04:02

Al Stillman, Author - Sidney King Russell, Author - Margarita Lecuona, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Autumn In New York (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:03:18

Vernon Duke, ComposerLyricist - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
A Gal In Calico (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:04:44

Leo Robin, Author - Arthur Schwartz, Composer - Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Chisholm, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
That's All (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:02:38

ALAN BRANDT, Author - BOB HAYMES, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Should I? (Live At The Spotlite Club, Washington, D.C./1958)
00:03:40

ARTHUR FREED, Author - NACIO HERB BROWN, Composer - Ahmad Jamal Trio, MainArtist - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Seleritus (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:03:12

Jamal, ComposerLyricist - Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Let's Fall In Love (Live At The Spotlight Club/1958)
00:05:06

Harold Arlen, Composer - Ted Koehler, Author - Ahmad Jamal, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Israel Crosby, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernel Fournier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Usher, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

One of Miles Davis's favorite musicians, Ahmad Jamal has a unique approach as a pianist, composer, and arranger that is highly influential and distinctive. Possessed of a light, almost classical touch, and a purveyor of negative space and minimal phrasing (his influence on Davis can certainly be seen here), Jamal worked largely in trio settings, and used his conceptions of space and subtlety to create dynamic tensions within the group. At the same time, the artist's work is rooted firmly in the blues and swings intently, without fail. Ahmad's Blues, the trio's 1958 live date in Washington D.C., demonstrates all of these qualities in spades. Supremely attentive playing by bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernel Fournier (his brush work on the intricate, gear-shifting "Autumn Leaves" is especially noteworthy) provides groundwork, foil, and shifting frames for Jamal's virtuoso explorations. The ensemble's work brings new ideas -- the musicians often incorporate understated mambo, fractured swing rhythms, or airy, abstract structures -- to standards ("Stompin' at the Savoy;" "Cheek to Cheek") and to Jamal's own compositions (the delicate "Seleritus"). Ahmad's Blues allows us to eavesdrop on the sophisticated, innovative artist and company at work.
© Rovi Staff /TiVo

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