Ahmad Jamal: Misty




Ahmad Jamal (piano)


Heat Wave (Cadet, LPS 777)

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Ahmad Jamal (piano), Jamil Sulieman Nasser (bass), Frank Gant (drums).

Composed by Erroll Garner


Recorded: Washington, D.C., February 17-18, 1966


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

“Misty” is a song that I’ve come to hate, but when I heard this version... Of course, this was written by his mentor, so I don’t doubt that there was a special little vibe when he recorded the piece. Ahmad’s fortitude, his cockiness to say, “You know what? I’m going to put a really funky contemporary groove on this.” Ahmad Jamal does not shy away from contemporary sounds. Whatever is happening at the time, he’ll check it out and figure out some way to personalize it. He didn’t get stuck in time because of the success of “Poinciana”; in fact, I’d say it compelled him to continue to forge ahead through musical territory.

Reviewer: Eric Reed

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