This was recorded after Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier went over to George Shearing, and itís clear that Ahmad Jamal had no problems regrouping after Israelís and Vernelís defection. I think it was a brilliant move by Ahmad to have his next recording be a huge departure from the trio format. This hearkens back to Ahmad Jamalís days with the George Hudson Orchestra in the 1940s. Heíd always claimed to be uncomfortable in an orchestra setting, but this totally disproves thatóor he just got better at playing with orchestras. It seems as though he made a more conscious effort to play in the time, to be more appropriate with the heavy Latin theme of the date, and heís just so supremely bad! Itís obscure, but one of my favorite Ahmad Jamal recordings.
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