Ahmad Jamal’s trio with Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier was one of the tightest in jazz history. Using a system of hand signals, Jamal could cue new sections, tempos and feels without saying a word, leading to recordings that make the band sound almost telepathic.
Stompin’ at the Savoy comes from Ahmad’s Blues, recorded live in Washington, D.C. It highlights Israel Crosby’s great melodic bass playing: Ahmad leaves so much open space, the tune is almost a bass solo. I’ve written out the head they play and also Crosby’s bassline on two choruses of piano solo. Click the links for full .pdf versions.