- Audio CD (October 17, 1990)
- Imported ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Mca
- ASIN: B000002O8V
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Hypnotic, seductive, strangely enervating in the way Jamal bounced off of Fournier's tom-toms (which were especially tuned to this song), wound his riffs around Crosby's bassline and punched his way off the counterpoint of the live audience's response, "Poinciana" served, for me, as a wake-up call, a siren song, and, most importantly, as an introduction to an individual who is today one of the late 20th century's most undervalued jazz influences.
Modern critics tend to dismiss Ahmad Jamal's work as "cocktail music" (whatever that term truly means). Miles Davis, on the other hand (and not a man given to tossing off superlatives lightly), termed Jamal one of his "major influences" (to such an extent that he reportedly tried to persuade his then-pianist, Red Garland, to "play like this cat").
So . . . who you gonna believe?
Believe your own ears. You can't go wrong. Even if you never get beyond the mesmerizing voyage of "Poinciana" (a tune which Jamal had previously recorded and would re-record several more times, though never to such effect as here), you're ahead of the game; BUT, take my word for it, you'll be missing a whole world of wonder if you dismiss the rest of this album.Read more ›
Numerous musicians have used the device of riff-like repetition (listen to Paul Gonsalves' celebrated solo on "Ellington at Newport"), but few do so with as much respect for the original melody and close attention to the finest details of construction and contouring as Jamal. For him a song is not merely a chord sequence for improvisation but a tone poem or even miniature symphony awaiting the artist's realization through imaginative revisioning. And his "touch" is inimitable, as pianists who have copied his every chorus with less success (listen to Michel Camilo's attempt to play Ahmad's version of "Poinciana") have discovered.
In short, Ahmad is that enviable and rare oxymoron, the "popular" artist. He serves up all the melody a jazz-challenged listener could ask for while satisfying the artistic demands of the fastidious jazz-piano aficioniano. If the guy has never regained the popularity he enjoyed with "But Not for Me," the fault is not his but that of a public that's lost touch with the supreme melodies that comprise the American Songbook.
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I had this album back in the '60's and it was my first introduction to jazz. Poinciana is a real gem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by spoly13
At the Pershing: But Not for Me Ahmad Jamal. I purchased this album for my brother as he is a jazz enthusiastic person. He likes the album very much.Published 4 months ago by Deanna
Jamal's first "hit" record with "But Not For Me" - a pop hit and then chart topper for months! Read morePublished 6 months ago by swimmer
Easily one of the best jazz records out there. "No Greater Love" is simply divine. One for the ages. This record gets lots of play in our house. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen Bender
I honestly don't understand why anyone would chose to buy this recording - I did by mistake - which has only eight tracks (granted, they were the tracks Jamal chose himself for the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by jjmmkk