Ahmad Jamal: The Surrey With the Fringe on Top


The Surrey With the Fringe on Top


Ahmad Jamal (piano)


Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961 (Verve 813)

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Ahmad Jamal (piano), Israel Crosby (bass), Vernel Fournier (drums).

Recorded: Chicago. January 16, 1958


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This may be one of the most perfect two minutes and thirty-five seconds in jazz! Itís surely a great example of a serious jazz trio at work. Jamalís playing is exemplary for its economy and joyful expressiveness, and his cohorts seem totally in tune with his style. Crosby is one of the great unsung heroes of the bass, and Fournierís light touch moves things right along throughout. Itís easy to hear why Miles Davis thought so much of this trio and gave this Broadway standard a whirl as well.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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