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Ahmad Jamal
(b. 7/2/30 - Pittsburgh, PA)

Title: Cross-Country Tour: 1958-1961
Personnel: Ahmad Jamal (piano), Israel Crosby (bass), Vernel Fournier (drums)
Recorded: 1958-61
Label: Chess
Comments: This double CD gives you a taste of one of the tastiest of all jazz musicians. Ahmad Jamal's phrasings influenced none other than Miles Davis, who would cite Jamal's important influence on his music. Jamal leaves space where no other musician had left space before. And this trio in Chicago (with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernel Fournier on drums), worked so often that they developed a unique group sound that transcended each musician. Especially important was Fournier's mallet work on "Poinciana," which helped make the tune a huge hit for Jamal. This is an absoute must have CD if you're into piano trios...
Title: Freeflight
Personnel: Ahmad Jamal (piano), Jamil Nasser (bass), Frank Gant (drums)
Recorded: 1971
Label: Impulse
Comments: Ahmad has had many trios since that first great one in the late 50's in Chicago, and this trio was important with their new interpretations of Jamal's repertoire.

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