The Record Collection

Ahmad Jamal: At The Pershing / But Not For Me (1958)

Chess MCD 09108

Track list:

01 – But Not for Me
02 – Surrey With the Fringe on Top
03 – Moonlight in Vermont
04 – (Put Another Nickel in) Music, Music, Music
05 – No Greater Love
06 – Poinciana
07 – Woody’n You
08 – What’s New


Ahmad Jamal – piano
Israel Crosby – bass
Vernell Fornier – drums

Recorded January 16, 1958, live at the Pershing Club, Chicago, Illinois.

Produced by: Phil Chess
Engineer: Malcolm Chisholm

Original Cover photography & design: Don Bronstein
Original Liner notes: Ahmad Jamal, Sid McCoy

Originally released as “ahmad jamal trio at the PERSHING – But Not For Me” (Argo LP 628) in 1958

Re-issue research and co-ordination: Andy McKaie
The release in 1958 of the LP ‘But Not For Me’, recorded by the Ahmad Jamal Trio during an engagement at the Pershing Hotel in Chicago, proved to be a turning point in Jamal’s career.

Almost overnight the trio was in national demand, and the record was one of the year’s top selling albums.

The album displays Jamal’s noted use of space and time as well as the trio’s extraordinary percussive meld of piano and rhythm section – all of which influenced no less than Miles Davis, who later covered several of the tunes here using ideas similar to Jamal’s.

The death of Israel crosby in August 1962 put an end to the trio, which however is still a reference for musicians and critics.