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Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge 1958 [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Ahmad JamalAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Critic Stanley Crouch cites AHMAD JAMAL's impact on the fresh form in jazz as an outstanding conceptionalist. Crouch considers Mr. Jamal's distinctive style as having had an influence on the same level as "Jelly Roll Morton, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Theolonius Monk, Horace Silver and John Lewis, all thinkers whose wrestling with form and content ... Read more in Amazon's Ahmad Jamal Store

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Gambit Spain
  • ASIN: B000MRA6AK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. But Not For Me
2. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
3. Moonlight In Vermont
4. Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel)
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Poinciana
7. Woody ĎN You
8. WhatíS New?
9. Too Late Now
10. All The Things You Are
11. Cherokee
12. It Might As Well Be Spring
13. IíLl Remember April
14. My Funny Valentine
15. Gone With The Wind
16. Billy Boy
17. ItíS You Or No One
18. They CaníT Take That Away From Me
19. Poor Butterfly
20. Poinciana (Single Version) (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Although they were not Ahmad Jamal's first recordings, the 1958 Pershing Lounge performances marked the beginning of his success. The original album But Not for Me, taped at the Pershing Lounge in Chicago on January 16 and 17, 1958, included eight of the 43 tunes played by the trio, which were carefully selected by the pianist himself. For this reason, they are also the first eight tracks on our collection. Two years later, the album's success tempted the original producers to release eleven more tunes (tracks 9-19), which were again selected under the supervision of Jamal's attentive ears. It is believed that the unused material was put aside and subsequently lost. This CD brings together all known material plus a rare bonus track. Gambit. 2007.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ORIGINAL LP gets 5 stars, but this CD has hiss ... February 8, 2009
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... moreover, there's a better alternative on LP with cleaner sound (I'll get to that in a moment), and that's why I can't give this remastered CD five stars. The performances, on the other hand, are timeless, incomparable, and classic -- if you're ANY kind of jazz fan, this belongs in your permanent music library.

At The Pershing (recorded here in Chicago) has been so influential on so many jazz artists, but more than that, it is just SO easy to listen to, bright, inventive, engaging, hypnotic. It draws you in and holds you right on through the last cut. Long one of my most valued jazz recordings, it includes what is probably the definitive version of "Poinciana," which Jamal made forever his own with this performance.

But like I said, there's a better alternative on VINYL, if you can find it: Sun Set: Live At The Pershing Vol 1 & 2 / At The Blackhawk, a 2-LP set by Chess of the original Argo 1958 and 1961 recordings. Unlike the folks who put out this "Complete Live At The Pershing Lounge" CD, Chess got a good master somewhere -- and the sound quality of the LP set does justice to the performances, which are just completely enchanting. I used to own this LP set and played it to death for years, over and over until I lost it in a building fire (luckily, I'd made a cassette tape copy that survived, which I played until *that* wore out and self-destructed). I can still remember most of Poinciana bar by bar in my head and never tire of it.


I cannot imagine that anyone in his right mind who has a copy of the 2-LP Sun Set would ever part with it -- but if you DO see a copy on vinyl in reasonably good shape, snatch it up quickly!!! You'll be glad you did: this is the best that Ahmad Jamal has *ever* played, and I love it still. So will you.

Barring that, I guess you'll just have to settle for this second-best CD -- but it's still VERRRRRY much worth having. Even badly remastered Ahmad Jamal is still a joy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Find, Easy To Love March 6, 2008
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I very much appreciate's "heroic efforts" at obtaining this recording. I had tried so many places subsequent to ordering this CD, attempting to find it for immediate purchase, and come away empty-handed, that I was convinced the thing actually didn't exist, and Amazon would eventually inform me that they just couldn't get it.

Then, lo and behold, I got an email right about the time of my despair, saying it had shipped.

I have to say that the version of "All The Things You Are" on this record is absolutely superb!

Regarding the sound quality, although it is billed as a "remaster," it is obvious that they had such poor mono masters to work with in the first place that there was only so much that could be done. A previous reviewer mentioned the presence of "high frequency hiss." He was NOT overstating things at all!

Of course, you can imagine what the situation must have been like, setting up to record at a Jazz club with relatively inferior (by today's standards) monaural equipment. It isn't surprising that it would turn out as it did. Nevertheless, it's good enough to see the brilliance of Ahmad Jamal even fifty years ago!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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But Not For Me/Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing [Lounge} changed Miles Davis' Life; the use of space (what he did not play), the songs chosen (Miles later recorded many of them with his quintet in which he hired Red Garland because he sounded like Ahmad Jamal. I can only close my eyes and see a scene where Miles Davis is listen to this for the first time. This is, in spite of the fact that Ahmad Jamal doesn't play much like this today, a desert island disc for me. The interplay between bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernell Fournier reminds one of the interplay Bill
Evans achieve with his trios at both tne beginning (Vanguard trio) and the end of his career.The trio is a living breathing thing. A Trio can be a beautiful thing and this is one of the trios to be remembered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music October 9, 2009
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I first heard this about 5o years ago..1959..I was going through jump school at Ft Bragg,N.C. when I heard this coming out of a seargeant's

I first heard this in 1959 while going through jump school at Ft.Bragg,N.C. I was so impressed,I knocked on a sergeant's door to ask what it was...He invited me in..explained who it was and and I have been a fan ever since...This is treasure..has been unavailable for years and I stumbled upon it on Amazon by accident..I ordered 2 copies, one for a friend who I turned on over 25 years ago....It has been in my truck CD player for the past three weeks and I never seem to tire of it...enjoy!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Nice September 19, 2009
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Poinciana [Live] is wonderful. I love hearing the dishes clanking in the background in some of the songs. I imagine being amongst the crowd listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahmad Jamal at Pershing August 23, 2007
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Very nice recording. A little bit of high frequency 'hiss' in spots. Overall worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have shipwreck music January 5, 2011
By RoHo44
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When I was a young man living in Chicago at the time of this release, it was one my first introductions to jazz.
Poinciana was and will always be one of my all time favorite recordings. If I were shipwrecked on an island and could only have four or five CD's, this would be on the short list. Listening to it brings back fond memories of "the good old days". Having had various record collections over the years and lost them, this is a long overdue addition to my current collection which I greatly appreciate. Thank you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
the shorter version of the pershing lounge recordings is unbeatable and this longer set just ices the cake even more
Published 5 months ago by Constant Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
One of my all time favorite jazz pianists. Nice to be able to replace old vinyl pieces that don't play well with crisp new cds.
Published 8 months ago by pjfmusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Gift
I sent this as a gift to my brother-in-law who loves Jazz. He loves it so much, he keeps in his car and plays it non-stop. A great classic.
Published 14 months ago by REM
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for and jazz lover.
Having heard the song "Poinicana" on numerous occasions, it was only upon listening to it at home did I truly grasp the sheer beauty of the artisty of Ahmad Jamal. Read more
Published 16 months ago by michael scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Icing on Cake
I loved the original album with only eight selections, so any additional are just icing on the cake! If you never heard the original LP then this CD is a steal.
Published 17 months ago by Maurie H
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmad Jamal Trio complete at the Pershing Lounge
I heard this CD playing at someone's house, asked about it and decided I wanted a copy too. Ordered it and am still very happy with it.
Published 17 months ago by msw
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmad Jamal Trio: Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge 1958
Ahmad Jamal Trio: Live at the Pershing Lounge 19958

This artist was beginning his career and his style and touch was so very original and fresh; when he plays Poinciana... Read more
Published 18 months ago by gungadin
There is very little to say except that this trio was unsurpassed in Jazz recorded history. The spiritual connection, the virtuosity, the oneness of sound and execution, is all... Read more
Published 23 months ago by salubriousjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano jazz
I remember hearing parts of this album while in college and fell in love with it. The sounds are outstanding and of course Admad Jama is at his best
Published on December 13, 2010 by Mutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jazz Pianist
I bought the original vinyl of this album. Basically wore it out over the years. Love this one. Other than the great memories that go along with it for me, I think Ahmad Jamal... Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by NrmnB
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