Thursday, November 05, 2015

Ahmad Jamal
"at the Blackhawk" (Vinyl)

Released in 1962, this was the final recording by the trio made up of Ahmad Jamal on piano, Vernell Fournier on drums and Israel Crosby on bass.  Use of the designator the Ahmad Jamal Trio or the Three Strings seems to be common for this time.

In August of 1962 Israel Crosby died from a heart attack just after beginning work with the George Shearing Quintet.  Whether it was Crosby's departure to work with Shearing or his death that drove Jamal into a three-year hiatus late in 1962, I can not tell.

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