Recorded live in concert January 1958, this record and it’s hit “Poinciana” made Ahmad Jamal and his trio quite popular. I recently reread Miles Davis’ autobiography and he mentioned several times how much he enjoyed his playing, and how his sense of space influenced him. The music on this LP is tightly arranged, but not at all stiff–airy but not too light–unique for the time and still fresh today. Jamal is beautifully accompanied by Israel Crosby (bs) and Vernell Fournier (dr), showing impressive range and sensitivity throughout.
I’ve enjoyed this on CD for years, and was excited to pick it up on vinyl last summer. Sadly, it was an online purchase that turned out to be a bit overgraded, but still an enjoyable listen. I’ll probably look for a NM copy soon, which I should be able to snag fairly inexpensively. I’m not sure if this is the first pressing, but I suspect it’s at least an early one if not the first. Argo had several labels at this time with this same design in various colors. Please comment if you have any info.
(Details: Argo LP 628/mono/deepgroove)