Influential jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal has shared a new version of “Poinciana,” off his upcoming album Ballades.
The song was originally written in 1936 by Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier, and became a massive jazz hit in the ’50s. Jamal’s own interpretation first appeared on his 1958 album At the Pershing: But Not for Me. The newly released version of “Poinciana” is a solo version that centers on Jamal and his instrument.
Jamal is a renowned pianist acclaimed for his use of space and dynamics, not to mention his intricate compositions in the ’50s through the ’70s. He was known to be a strong influence on Miles Davis, who himself once proclaimed: “I live until he makes another record,” as quoted in Down Beat.
Jamal previously released the track “Whisperings,” another cut off Ballades, which is due out September 13 via Jazz Village.
Listen to “Poinciana” here: