Complete Live At The Pershing Lounge 1958
Ahmad Jamal (p), Israel Crosby (b) & Vernell Fournier
Although they were not Ahmad Jamal's first recordings, the 1958 Pershing and Spotlite performances marked the beginning of his success. The original album, "But Not For Me" (1958), taped at the Pershing Lounge in Chicago, included eight of the 43 tunes played by the trio, which were carefully selected by the pianist himself. Two years later, the album's success tempted the original producers to release eleven more tunes (#9-19), which were again selected under the supervision of Jamal. This CD features all known material plus a rare bonus track assembled on CD for the first time ever on CD.
01. But Not For Me
02. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
03. Moonlight In Vermont
04. Music! Music! Music!
05. There Is No Greater Love
07. Woody 'n You
08. What's New?
09. Too Late Now
10. All The Things You Are
12. It Might As Well Be Spring
13. I'll Remember April
14. My Funny Valentine
15. Gone With The Wind
16. Billy Boy
17. It's You Or No One
18. They Can't Take That Away From Me
19. Poor Butterfly
20. Poinciana [Single Version] (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 72:01 min.
Recorded: Live at the Pershing Lounge, Chicago, January 16 & 17, 1958.
"Recorded at the Pershing Club in Chicago, IL, Jamal's third album (including the hit "Poinciana") was the turning point in his career. His liberal use of silence influenced many jazz musicians, including Miles Davis."
Michael Erlewine -All Music Guide