This outstanding 2 CD released contains Ahmad Jamal's complete trio recording with guitarist Ray Crawford and bassist Israel Crosby collected here for the first time ever on one edition. The trio recorded three albums together in 1955 for the Argo (Chamber Music Of The New Jazz) and Epic (Ahmad Jamal trio, Ahmad Jamal) Records Label. This release boasts all of these albums in their entirety including the complete May 5, 1962 Piano Scene session (with Eddie Calhoun replacing Israel Crosby on bass ) that was originally released as part of Epic's 1955 Ahmad Jamal album, featured here as bonus tracks. And speaking of bonus tracks, this released also contains the complete 1956 Argo LP Count 'Em 88 featuring Ahmad Jamal leading a trio with Israel Crosby and drummer Walter Perkins.
The new recordings of Chopin's works on period instruments allow contemporary listeners to discover the historical models, bringing us closer to the original and to the long-forgotten sound of the Romantic era.
Beside Marty Paich, none of Mel Tormé's collaborators exerted such a large influence on the singer's career as George Shearing, the pianist whose understated, expressive accompaniment contributed to Tormé's resurgence during the early '80s. Their six excellent albums together – two of which, An Evening With… and Top Drawer, earned Grammy awards – proved that classic vocal music had outlasted the long night that was the '70s, and emerged to become a timeless American genre. The pair's work for Concord was usually recorded live in a trio or quartet setting; leaving much space for Shearing solos, Tormé occasionally reprised his big standards ("A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Lullaby of Birdland," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"), but often searched for more obscure material he could make his own, and often succeeded. Tormé and Shearing were restless innovators, taking on a full album of World War II standards, medleys devoted to songs about New York and by Duke Ellington, and a stunningly broad range of material: "Oleo," "Lili Marlene," "How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehen?," and "Dat Dere."