Chamber Music of the New Jazz

Chamber Music of the New Jazz

by Ahmad Jamal


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Chamber Music of the New Jazz

This album is unusual in two ways. Because pianist Ahmad Jamal would soon become famous for his piano/bass/drums trios, it is often forgotten that, up until 1956, his group consisted of bassist Israel Crosby and guitarist Ray Crawford. Crawford's percussive hitting of his guitar would soon be utilized by Herb Ellis in Oscar Peterson's Trio. And, although it is know that Miles Davis listened closely to Jamal and often "borrowed" his repertoire, few probably realize that Gil Evans based some of his famous arrangements on Jamal's interpretations. A comparison of "New Rumba" and "Medley" (which is really "I Don't Want To Be Kissed") on this album with Evans' version for Miles Ahead in 1957 sounds nearly identical despite the very different personnel. It is a pity that Jamal would soon change his group's instrumentation since his communication with Crawford and Crosby (heard here on such tunes as "A Foggy Day," "All of You," "I Get a Kick out of You" and "Spring Is Here") was often magical, but he would soon gain great popularity with the upcoming guitarless trio (which was just as telepathic).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0602498625736
catalogNumber: 000268202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Usher   Producer,Audio Production
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Harold Spina   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Herbert Lust   Liner Notes

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