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8 Classic Albums - Ahmad Jamal [Box set, Import]

Ahmad Jamal Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B007KLY8FA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Green Dolpin Street
3. How About You
4. (Put Another Nickel In) Music Music Music
5. No Greater Love
6. Poinciana
7. Woody N' You
8. What's New
9. Comme Ci, Comme Ca
10. Ivy
11. Never Never Land
12. Tangerine
13. Ahmads Blues
14. Seleritus
15. I Like To Recognize The Tune
16. I'm Alone With You
17. Sophisticated Gentleman
18. Cheek To Cheek
19. Poinciana (Single Version)
20. Liitle Old Lady
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Editorial Reviews

EU four CD set that contains eight albums from the Jazz great: Count Em 88, Ahmed Jamal Trio at the Spotlight Cafe, But Not For Me, Happy Moods, All of You, Chamber Music of New Jazz, Standard Eye, and Jamal at the Penthouse. Real Gone Jazz.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ahmad Jamal's early work remains quite remarkable after all these years, and this set has a lot of great music for the money. However, the sound quality is not the best. The first album "Count Em 88" is actually from a scratchy LP.

I have been a fan of Ahmad Jamal since the 60s, and have collected much of what is out there on CD or LP. I am somewhat suprised at how the sound quality varies. The early Pershing LPs on Argo, for example, sound like they were recorded yesterday--clear and clean, full bass. Over the years they were re-issued and re-re issued on by Chess, and the quality of the masters and the pressings themselves deteriorated. I believe some CD's were tken from these inferior LP masters rather than going back to the source.

There is a very good and more expensive re-issue set "The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-52" on Mosaic, which mostly has superior sound, although the "Spotlite Club" and "Alhambra" recordings sound better on the Gambit and Japanese Argo/Cadet mini-lp reissue, respectively.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jamal, spotty transfers. February 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is specifically for the sound quality of the transfers. Ahmad Jamal's performance on these recordings rates 5+ stars minimum!

I've purchased a number of these Real Gone Jazz cd sets in the last few weeks and have mostly been happy with them. I see it as an inexpensive way to finally purchase much of my lp collection on CD. However, this one disappointed me. I was willing to accept the fact that some of the albums might be vinyl transfers, but in this set the transfers were particularly bad. I'll try to list the LPs covered on this set below and rate the transfers:

Disc 1:

Count 'em 88 - Mono vinyl transfer. Sounds is ok, but surprised they couldn't find a cleaner copy of this album.

Ahmad Jamal Trio at the Spotlight Cafe - Mix of mono and stereo. Sounds like a cd transfer. Very nice!

Disc 2:

But Not For Me - Sounds like a mono CD rip. Sound is perfectly acceptable to my ears.

Jamal at the Penthouse - This album was why I bought this set in the first place. Imagine how disappointed I was to hear that it was a very poor vinyl transfer and MONO to boot! Even my thrashed copy of this album is in better shape than what they used for this transfer. Boo!

Disc 3:

Happy Moods - Sounds like a CD rip. Stereo? Perfectly acceptable to my ears.

All of You - Sounds like a stereo CD rip. Very acceptable to my ears.

Disc 4:

Chamber Music of the New Jazz - Sound to me like a CD rip. It is in Mono. Works for me!

Standard Eyes - OK lp rip of the mono album. Definitely could have done better myself.

Overall I was satisfied with the set. However, there were several albums that were in my opinion substandard lp transfers. I feel this set is worth the pittance I paid for it, but I want others to know what to expect. I'll definitely continue to purchase the Real Gone Jazz sets!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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First, what a remarkable value this set represents. Eight albums for the price of less than two is a bargain no matter which way you look at it. Here is what you get. I am going to refrain from including a review of each because the reviews on the product pages for these albums say it better than I can. Plus you can listen to sound samples on those pages.

- Chamber Music Of The New Jazz from 1955.

- Count 'Em 88 from 1956.

- The otherwise out of print Live At The Spotlight Cafe 1958. About half of Ahmad's Blues: Live At The Spotlight contains the tracks, which are Stompin' at the Savoy, That's All, Girl Next Door, Squatty Roo, Autumn in New York, Taboo, Secret Love, Should I and Wish I Knew.

- Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing from 1958 (reason enough to buy the entire set in my opinion!)

- Jamal At The Penthouse from 1959.

- Happy Moods from 1960.

- All of You / AHMAD JAMAL from 1961.

- Standard-Eyes from 1961.

As you can see, there is a lot of music in this set, some of which is now out of print and otherwise unavailable (as I write this).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST PRICE BUT WELL WORTH IT March 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
You can get a better price at half dot comedy but the most important thing about this reissue is it contains an Argo-issued album NOT AVAILABLE on the expensive Mosaic compilation "Complete ARGO Trio Recordings". "Chamber Music of the New Jazz" is a transitional album between the Okeh/Epic piano/guitar/bass trio and the latter Argo piano/bass/drums format. Some say the earlier drumless recordings influenced Miles to hire Red Garland playing in Jamal's style on Jamal compositions. I have the original Argo LP and the pressing is terrible, so to me getting this on CD is worth the price of the box set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE
Published 1 month ago by Erma Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars 8 Classic Albums - Ahmad Jamal
I knew absolutely nothing about jazz until I began rifling through my mother's collection of jazz records. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek T. Hatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars "Classic" Is Right
I bought this after listening to the "Jazz Insights" podcast on Ahmad Jamal. This collection includes many of Jamal's masterworks and is a bargain.
Published 1 month ago by Hurricane
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Value.
Ahmad Jamal is (what I would call) one of the GREAT "minimalist" jazz pianists in the modern jazz category. Those familiar with him already know his style. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.W. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I enjoy the earlier Ahmad Jamal releases such as those included in the eight classic albums more than his recent works.
Published 5 months ago by Richard C. Lamb
1.0 out of 5 stars Digitized vinyl playback, MP3 quality
Terrible sound. MP3 quality from digitized vinyl playback. I bought this along with MJQ and both are horrid-sounding. Stay away.
Published 7 months ago by B.B. Lilikoi
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmad Jamal
I'm old school classic jazz. I've enjoyed Ahmad Jamal's music for many years To get 8 albums packaged like this and for such a great price did it for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shirley Bouie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain for the right buyer
If you want a great buy when it comes to easy going piano styling this is it. And it has Poinciana.
Published 7 months ago by mickalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
The shipping experience went great. The music in this is outstanding. It's got so much good stuff in it & I would recommend it to anyone who has any kind of appreciation of any... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sally Seaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Favorite
i do not have much Ahmad Jamal in my collection so i decided to make purchase after checking out reviews on Amazon and was glad i did purchase it.The music is beyond good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Khalif Abdul-Rahim
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