The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

by Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal

CD(Dutch Import)

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This collection brings together the early OKeh and Epic recordings of innovative jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, recorded between 1951 and 1955. Jamal ushered in a new era of melodic improvisation that stood in sharp contrast to bebop's previous innovations. These recordings were all done in trio settings, where the pianist was accompanied by guitarist Ray Crawford, and either Eddie Calhoun (1951 and 1952) or Israel Crosby on bass. The shimmering solos and light as a feather chord voicings are anything but lightweight. Sharp, harmonic invention, economical yet intuitive phrasing, and a deft sense of time pushed Jamal's star to ascendancy. Standout cuts here are his "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," which extrapolates the melody into new harmonic terrain; the beautiful arrangement of the traditional "Billy Boy"; Fats Waller's "Squeeze Me" with its beautiful ostinato, and Jamal's glorious read of "Perfidia." The sound on this set is gloriously remastered. There are period liner notes by Nat Hentoff, and a moving and appreciative essay by Randy Weston.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886975693528
catalogNumber: 912438
Rank: 55169


  1. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  2. Will You Still Be Mine?
  3. Ahmad's Blues
  4. A Gal in Calico
  5. Aki and Ukthay
  6. Billy Boy
  7. Black Beauty
  8. Love for Sale
  9. Something to Remember You By
  10. Poinciana
  11. Don't Blame Me
  12. Autumn Leaves
  13. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  14. Old Devil Moon
  15. It's Easy to Remember
  16. Squeeze Me
  17. Crazy He Calls Me
  18. Pavanne
  19. Perfidia
  20. Rica Pulpa
  21. The Donkey Serenade

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ahmad Jamal   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Crawford   Guitar
Israel Crosby   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Eddie Calhoun   Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Miles Davis   Author
Ahmad Jamal   Arranger
Fats Waller   Composer
Randy Weston   Liner Notes
Richard Rodgers   Composer
B. Bernier   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Bob Russell   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Clarence Williams   Composer
B.J. Wright   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager

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