Ahmad Jamal: But Not for Me
But Not For Me
Ahmad Jamal (piano)
Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing (Telstar TSD3604 )
Composed by George & Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Chicago, January 16-17, 1958
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
One of the slickest things about this arrangement of “But Not For Me” is that it defines Ahmad Jamal’s subtleties. In the trio, each guy is doing something very specific, but you don’t think you’re listening to an arrangement—you’re just enjoying the ride. When Ahmad Jamal improvises on a form, he’s constantly playing over the barline—he’s not strictly defining the top and end of a form, but completely easing across it musically, making for an entity versus a series of choruses. You don’t think about keys or tempos or modulations or time signatures or anything like that. Another slick thing about the piece is that super-hip modulation at the top of the last chorus, where he slides right from C-major (his favorite key) into F-major. For years, I didn’t even realize that he had modulated.
Reviewer: Eric Reed
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