Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad's Blues


4.5
superb

Review

by boog3ee USER (1 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 7 replies


Release Date: 1959 | Tracklist


Someone at the prestigious Verve jazz record company had an idea last summer: to re-release a compilation of recordings by legend jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal’s trio at the clubs of Chicago in 1958, it was a very good idea!

Ahmad’s Blues is a must have for Ahmad Jamal fans and all Jazz fans for that matter. Throughout his long and storied career, Ahmad has demonstrated both technical virtuosity and amazing style and creativity, this early live recording is no exception. With a title track that practically defines cool jazz and a sound that throbs with authenticity this record stacks right up there with Miles Davis' Kind of Blue as one of the best recordings of that period.

The record, in which he was accompanied by bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernell Fournier, also contains renditions of some of jazz’s all time favorite standard pieces such as Autumn Leaves, Cheek to Cheek and That’s All, but all with Jamal and his trio’s post bebop ultra cool style which was an influence even to Miles Davis, the king of cool himself.

This disc oozes with quality, not to undermine Ahmad Jamal’s numerous later outings ‘ he is still playing till today at the age of 74, yet this compilation catches him at a time when this type of music was flying over peaks, and it shows that he was up there with the highest of eagles. Ahmad Jamal is probably one of the very few true jazz legends still around until these days, I truly hope his, and his counterpart’s legacies will stand the test of time forever.


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anti-centrist2
January 5th 2005


1 Comments


never heard of the guy. but for some peculiar reason you got me interested.

Zappa
January 5th 2005


355 Comments


Good review. I'm barely familiar with Jamal's work. I have one album on vinyl that has yet to be reissued on CD. It's good, so perhaps I'll check it out.

Bartender
Emeritus
January 6th 2005


826 Comments


Do you think you could affix a rating out of five to the end of your reviews? I know you're not writing them first and foremost for MX, but if you're posting them on MX it would be nice if you'd follow MX's conventions.

deardocker
January 6th 2005


3 Comments


Ahmad Jamal is excellent. All I have is The Awakening, which definitely deserves your attention.

boog3ee
January 7th 2005


2 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]Do you think you could affix a rating out of five to the end of your reviews? I know you're not writing them first and foremost for MX, but if you're posting them on MX it would be nice if you'd follow MX's conventions.[/QUOTE]

Sure thing! I would give this one a 4.5/5! anly because its a reissue of old material...

Bartender
Emeritus
January 7th 2005


826 Comments


Thanks.

matt_drummist
June 10th 2005


26 Comments


My dad's got a bunch of Ahmad vinyl records (a lot of Impulse ones I think).



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