Personalities | Ahmad Jamal | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, b. 1930)
Ahmad Jamal made his name with his very successful trio of the late 1950s and had a hit with his version of ‘Poinciana’ in 1958. His light touch and use of space has led some to hear too much of the cocktail lounge in his playing, but he is an inventive and influential musician and composer. He experimented with more avant-garde approaches after a break from performing in the early 1960s, and later with electric instruments and symphonic settings; however, he has mostly worked in trios.
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