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Ahmad Jamal: Complete Collection: 1959-1962 (4 CDS)

Ahmad Jamal: Complete Collection: 1959-1962 (4 CDS)

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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. 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. Much of Jamal's output between the years of 1959 and 1962 were 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 Jamal's Alhambra', released in 1961 and containing performances recorded at his own club that same year, shortly before it closed. 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 Berlin's The Best Thing For You which became a live favorite thereafter. 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 legend's recorded output as released between 1959 and 1962, featuring both live and studio recordings it is the perfect accompaniment to this label's 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 master's career.

Comme Çi, Comme Ça
Never Never Land
Ahmad's Blues
I Like to Recognize the Tune
I'm Alone with You
Sophisticated Gentleman
Little Old Lady
For All We Know
Excerpt from the Blues
You'd Be So Easy to Love
Time on My Hands
Rain Check
I'll Never Stop Loving You
Speak Low
Rhumba No 2
Too Late Now
All the Things You Are
It Might As Well Be Spring
I'll Remember April
My Funny Valentine
Gone with the Wind
Billy Boy
It's You or No One
They Can't Take That Away from Me
Poor Butterfly
Ahmad's Waltz
Tempo for Two
It's a Wonderful World
You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
Lover Man
Who Cares
We Kiss in a Shadow
Sweet & Lovely
Party's Over
Love for Sale
Snow Fall
Willow Weep for Me
Autumn Leaves
Isn't It Romantic
Breeze & I
Billy Boy
Sweet and Lovely
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
I'll Never Stop Loving You
I'll Remember April
So Beats My Heart for You
For All We Know
Breeze & I
Like Someone in Love
Angel Eyes
Girl Next Door
Time on My Hands
Angel Eyes
You Go to My Head
Star Eyes
All of You
What Is This Thing Called Love
You're Blasé
I'll Take Romance/My Funny Valentine
Like Someone in Love
Falling in Love with Love
Best Thing for You
April in Paris
Second Time Around
We Live in Two Different Worlds
Night Mist Blues

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