The Essence Part One

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The Essence Part One
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Studio album by Ahmad Jamal
Released 1995
Recorded October 30–31, 1994 and February 6–7, 1995
Studio Studio Marcadet, La Plaine Saint Denis, France and Clinton Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 55:02
Label Birdology 529327-2
Ahmad Jamal chronology
I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn
(1995)I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn1995
The Essence Part One
Big Byrd: The Essence Part 2
(1995)Big Byrd: The Essence Part 21995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Essence Part One is an album by American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal featuring performances recorded in Paris in 1994 and New York in 1995 and released on the Birdology label.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Richard S. Ginell, in his review for Allmusic, states: "This absorbing collection is a testament to the continuing ability of Ahmad Jamal to startle and engage jazz listeners".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ahmad Jamal unless noted.

  1. "Flight" – 6:29
  2. "Toulouse" – 6:55
  3. "The Essence" – 10:10
  4. "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez, James Sherman) – 5:45
  5. "Catalina" – 6:40
  6. "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert) – 6:56
  7. "Street of Dreams" (Sam M. Lewis, Victor Young) – 5:33
  8. "Bahia" (Ary Barroso) – 6:34



  1. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed May 28, 2012
  2. ^ Ahmad Jamal discography accessed May 28, 2012