The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886975693528
  • Catalog Number: 912438
  • Sales rank: 135,187

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 II 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, Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
B.J. Wright Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
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