September 3, 2015

Ahmad Jamal - At The Pershing / But Not For Me (1958)


Jamal's band on Live At The Pershing is a bit more advanced and does a fantastic job of holding your attention. Yes, they do play sweet standards and aren't avant-garde, but their playing is certainly more sophisticated than the average trio of the time. They're able to space out and cover a ton of ground with their brilliant interactions, well-timed lay-outs, and great intuition. Jamal sounds a lot like Red Garland with his churchbell-like resonance, I'd actually say his chime is even more prominent than his predecessor and is recorded perfectly. Now I see why Miles Davis loved him so much. The takeaway track from this classic live album is definitely Poinciana. Beautiful music and probably my favorite piano trio album.

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At The Pershing / But Not For Me