Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge 1958
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Although they were not Ahmad Jamal’sfirst recordings, the 1958 Pershing and Spotlite performances marked the beginning of his success. The original album But Not for Me, taped at the Pershing Lounge in Chicago on January 16 & 17, 1958, included eight of the 43 tunes played by the trio, which were carefully selected by the pianist himself. For this reason, they are also the first eight tracks on our collection. Two years later, the album’s success tempted the original producers to release eleven more tunes (tracks 9-19), which were again selectedunder the supervision of Jamal’s attentive ears. It is believed that the unused material was put aside and subsequently lost.
Live at the Pershing Lounge, Chicago, January 16 & 17, 1958.
[1-8]: Originally released as At the Pershing –But Not For Me
[9-19]: Originally released as At the Pershing Vol.2