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Update on Ahmad Jamal Mosaic Box

Ahmad Jamal's AlhambraA few months ago Mosaic Records confirmed a forthcoming Ahmad Jamal box-set, covering the pianist’s trio recordings from the late 1950s and early 1960s, currently projected for a March or April 2009 release. Some more details have emerged now on the box’s contents (supposedly 9 CDs). It will contain the following Argo and Chess-label albums:

Argo LP-610 Count ‘Em 88
Argo LP-628 But Not for Me
Argo LP-636 Ahmad Jamal Trio – Volume IV
Argo LP-2638 Portfolio of Ahmad Jamal
Argo LP-646 Jamal at the Penthouse
Argo LP-662 Happy Moods
Argo LP-667 At the Pershing
Argo LP-673 Listen to the Ahmad Jamal Quintet
Argo LP-685 Ahmad Jamal’s Alhambra
Argo LP-691 All of You
Argo LP-703 Ahmad Jamal at the Blackhawk
Chess 2ACMJ-407 Sunset

Thanks to poster J.A.W. at the Organissimo jazz-discussion forum for this information; he also adds that “The ‘theme’ is Jamal’s piano-bass-drums trio, that’s why Mosaic chose not to include his first piano-guitar-bass Argo album Chamber Music of New Jazz (LP-602).” Word is that the set will include some previously-unreleased material as well.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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