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Ahmad Jamal - The Complete Collection Part II 1956-1962

Ahmad Jamal - The Complete Collection Part II 1956-1962


Ahmad Jamal was able to tour North Africa at the start of 1959 following the success of his Live at the Pershing: But Not For Me album, a trip he had wanted to make since converting to Islam in his early 20s. Born of Baptist parents, he was only introduced to Islam while touring Detroit in the 1950s, a state with a sizable Muslim community. Jamal, who was 29 at the time of his tour, said he had a curiosity about the homeland of his ancestors, highly influenced by his conversion to the Muslim faith. He also said his religion had brought him peace of mind about his race, which accounted for a "growth in the field of music that has proved very lucrative for me. Shortly after his conversion, Jamal explained to the New York Times that he "says Muslim prayers five times a day and arises in time to say his first prayers at 5 am. He says them in Arabic in keeping with the Muslim tradition."
On returning to the USA his wealth also allowed him to purchase a restaurant and club called The Alhambra in Chicago. The club however lasted for a little more than a year, from 1959 to 1961. Much of Jamals output between the years of 1959 and 1962 was recorded live at a variety of clubs and venues in Chicago and other US cities. One of his stand-out records from this period was the marvelous collection titled Ahmed Jamals Alhambra released in 1961 and containing performances recorded at his own club that same year, shortly before it closed. The all music website states; The interplay between the musicians is often magical, and the album went on to be one of the trios most successful records. The follow up, another live set this time recorded in San Francisco, Ahmad Jamal at The Blackhawk, was equally well received and included his version of Irving Berlins The Best Thing For You, which became a live favorite thereafter.
During the 1950s Ahmad became close friends with Miles Davis. Davis had been greatly impressed with Jamals "concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement..." Indeed, Miles would continue to support Jamal as a fellow musician, often playing versions of Jamal's own songs (Ahmad's Blues, New Rhumba) until he died in 1991.
In 1962 The Three Strings disbanded and Jamal moved to New York City where, at the age of 32, he took a three year hiatus. He resumed touring in 1964 when he began playing with bassist Jamil Nasser with whom he performed and recorded until 1972.
Now in his eighties, Ahmad Jamal has continued to play numerous tours and release numerous recordings. His most recently released album is Saturday Morning from 2012.
This collection contains all of this jazz legends recorded output as released between 1959 and 1962, featuring both live and studio recordings it is the perfect accompaniment to this labels earlier release The Complete Collection: 1951 1958. Together these compilations provide the most complete set of recordings by Ahmad Jamal yet to emerge, containing as they do every track released during the first decade of this true masters career.
 
Tracklist:

DISC 1

1 Comme Çi, Comme Ça 2:11
2 Ivy 3:58
3 Never Never Land 3:06
4 Tangerine 4:16
5 Ahmad’s Blues 2:59
6 Seleritius 1:41
7 I Like To Recognize The Tune 3:08
8 I'm Alone With You 2:38
9 Sophisticated Gentleman 4:08
10 Little Old Lady 5:15
11 For All We Know 2:45
12 Pavanne 5:44
13 Excerpt From The Blues 3:02
14 You'd Be So Easy To Love 3:19
15 Time On My Hands 1:35
16 Rain Check 4:41
17 I'll Never Stop Loving You 3:01
18 Speak Low 4:53
19 Rhumba No 2 2:37

DISC 2

1 Too Late Now 2:30
2 All The Things You Are 3:13
3 Cherokee 3:39
4 It Might As Well Be Spring 3:27
5 I'll Remember April 2:41
6 My Funny Valentine 3:25
7 Gone With The Wind 3:24
8 Billy Boy 3:00
9 It's You Or No One 2:32
10 They Can't Take That Away From Me 4:45
11 Poor Butterfly 3:41
12 Ahmad's Waltz 4:45
13 Valentina 2:22
14 Yesterdays 2:58
15 Tempo For Two 3:28
16 Hallelujah 2:09
17 It's A Wonderful World 2:52
18 Baia 4:02
19 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis 3:39
20 Lover Man 4:07
21 Who Cares 3:13

DISC 3

1 We Kiss In A Shadow 5:05
2 Sweet & Lovely 4:00
3 The Party's Over 4:00
4 Love For Sale 4:02
5 Snow Fall 2:34
6 Broadway 7:49
7 Willow Weep For Me 3:59
8 Autumn Leaves 3:52
9 Isn't It Romantic 4:28
10 The Breeze & I 2:22
11 Billy Boy 2:59
12 Sweet And Lovely 3:53
13 I Didn't Know What Time It Was 4:28
14 Taboo 3:54
15 I'll Never Stop Loving You 3:00
16 I'll Remember April 2:42
17 So Beats My Heart For You 3:34
18 For All We Know 2:42
19 The Breeze And I 2:16
20 Like Someone In Love 2:46
21 Angel Eyes 4:08
22 The Girl Next Door 3:20

DISC 4
  
1 Time On My Hands 6:19
2 Angel Eyes 4:15
3 You Go To My Head 10:56
4 Star Eyes 5:55
5 All Of You 5:00
6 What Is This Thing Called Love 6:04
7 You're Blasé 3:28
8 I'll Take Romance-My Funny Valentine 6:17
9 Like Someone In Love 2:53
10 Falling In Love With Love 4:20
11 The Best Thing For You 4:39
12 April In Paris 4:09
13 The Second Time Around 4:15
14 We Live In Two Different Worlds 4:30
15 Night Mist Blues 7:00


TOTAL RUNNING TIME 297 MIN

DISC 1 Tracks 1-9 originally ‘Jamal At The Penthouse’ ARGO 1959 LP 646 • Tracks 10-19 originally ‘Happy Moods’ ARGO 1960 LP 662

DISC 2 Tracks 1-11 originally ‘At The Pershing Vol. 2’ ARGO 1959 LP 667 • Tracks 12-21 originally ‘Listen To Ahmad Jamal Quintet’ ARGO 1960 LP 673

DISC 3 Tracks 1-10 originally ‘Alhambra’ ARGO 1961 LP 685 • Tracks 11-22 originally ‘Standard Eyes’ CHESS 1961 CHLS 243

DISC 4 Tracks 1-7 originally ‘All Of You’ ARGO 1961 LP 691 • Tracks 8-15 originally ‘At The Blackhawk’ ARGO 1962 LP 703



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