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Ahmad Jamal: The Legendary Okeh & Epic Recordings

This reissue of very early Ahmad Jamal material contains tracks that have been reissued before. There is a 1988 collection, Poinciana, on the Portrait label, with 11 of the 21 performances here. Poinciana also contains a five-minute version of “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” that is not on this Legacy reissue. It raises the question of how many other tunes recorded at the three source sessions (from 1951, 1952 and 1955) are not included-and why?

While the documentation here does not provide the comprehensive historical context of most Legacy reissues, Jamal’s half-century-old music is still unique, fresh and fascinating.

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