Stephen Michael Rynkiewicz, informing Chicago since 1977.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Playlisted: Ahmad Jamal Trio, "New Rhumba"
Chicago pianist Jamal's ensemble piece fit the captivating title of his first LP, "Chamber Music of the New Jazz." (The original 1955 title was more prosaic, according to jazz critic Robert Campbell). The trio gave Gil Evans everything he needed for his Miles Davis big-band orchestration. Verve issued a CD transfer last year; I'm wearing out a fake-stereo vinyl pressing. Jamal is still recording 50 years later.