Ahmad Jamal Trio – At the Pershing: But Not for Me

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At the Pershing: But Not for Me is a 1958 jazz album by pianist Ahmad Jamal. According to the album jacket, the tapes were made on January 16, 1958, at the Pershing Lounge of Chicago’s Pershing Hotel and each set played that night was recorded, a total of 43 tracks, of which 8 were selected by Jamal for the album. The LP was released as Argo Records LP-628.

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars and stated “A classic that really defined Ahmad Jamal’s distinctive sound in many people’s minds.”

Track listing:
“But Not for Me” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:32
“The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:35
“Moonlight in Vermont” (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn) – 3:09
“Music, Music, Music” (Put Another Nickel In) (Bernie Baum, Stephen Weiss) – 2:56
“No Greater Love” (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) – 3:26
“Poinciana” (Buddy Bernier, Nat Simon) – 8:07
“Woody ‘n’ You” (Dizzy Gillespie) – 3:40
“What’s New?” (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 4:11

Ahmad Jamal – piano
Israel Crosby – bass
Vernel Fournier – drums


Released: 1958
Recorded: January 16, 1958
Venue: Pershing Hotel, Chicago
Label: Argo LP-628
Producer: Dave Usher