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AHMAD JAMAL TRIO <br> Happy Moods <br>1960 (Argo Records - Out of Print)

Details: Argo LP 662, stereo, deep groove, blue label with Argo logo left of hole, 1960

Condition: Vinyl VG+ (a few light scratches, great luster) Jacket VG- (general wear, there is what appears to be an autograph in blue ballpoint on back that says "Gene Russell, Fort Bragg, N.C. '62". I can not verify if this is an authentic autograph - this item is being sold for the value of the LP itself only)

Out of Print and Not Available as CD.

From the All Movie Guide:
Recorded almost two years to the day after his most popular trio album At the Pershing, Happy Moods is a program of mostly standards, a flirtation with a classical piano piece and two Jamal originals. Playing with his patented sneaky left-hand voicings and his jingling right hand, interspersed with block chords all within a lean framework, the performances offered by this album are representative of Jamal's work of the period. He takes a piece of fluff like "Little Old Lady" and transforms it into a fugue replete with the counterpoint that personifies this classical form. An up-tempo "You'd Be So Easy to Love," highlighting Vernell Fournier's brushes, is tastefully garnished with runs and chords borrowed from fellow Pittsburgher Erroll Garner. Billy Strayhorn's "Raincheck" features heady arpeggios as well as quotes from "I'm Beginning to See the Light." All very good stuff and more. With regard to arguments about Jamal's rightful position in the jazz pantheon, including the extent of his influence on others, Happy Moods does nothing to diminish the position of those who believe that the pianist deserves a considerably higher spot than he is usually accorded. This album begs for transfer to and reissue as a CD.

The tracks are:
1 Little Old Lady
2 You'd Be So Easy to Love
3 Time on My Hands
4 For All We Know
5 I'll Never Stop Loving You
6 Pavanne
7 Excerpt from the Blues
8 Rain Check
9 Speak Low
10 Rhumba No. 2

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