Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Jazz pianist's 'Poinciana' a classic.

Byline: David Steinberg JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Piece was on the charts for 108 weeks and defies categorization

The Ahmad Jamal version of the popular tune "Poinciana" is a drawn-out, introspective arrangement that invokes images of night-blooming flora.

The jazz pianist recorded the arrangement in 1958 on the album "At the Pershing: But Not For Me."

The recording contains seven standards, but it was "Poinciana" that has become something more than memorable.

"It's a historic piece of music. It was on the charts for 108 weeks and it has defied categories. It was not a record you could classify, aside from being one of the really great musical documents of the century," Jamal said in a recent phone interview from his home near Poughkeepsie, N. …

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