The Great Ahmad Jamal

danieltalsky | Albums,Reviews | Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Ahmad Jamal – At The Pershing / But Not For Me

My dad turned me on to Poinciana the other day… holy crap, what an amazing jazz song.    So, for starters, just listen to someone take a jazz piano standard and turn it into something definitive:

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This is just a fantastic merging of percussion and piano.  I wish there was video so I could see if they had halos over their heads or something.

Another spectacular one, Woody'n You:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/07-Woodyn-You.mp3|titles=Ahmed Jamal – Woody'n You]

A more chilled out but equally impressive Moonlight in Vermont:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/03-Moonlight-in-Vermont.mp3|titles=Ahmad Jamal – Moonlight in Vermont]

It was hard for me to pick out highlights, because I've just been listening to the whole album over and over again.

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