A follower of Garner's "impressionistic" school,
Chicago's pianist Frederick "Ahmad Jamal" Jones (1930)
was a master of ambience and dynamics. A sense
of existential suspense scars the catchy melodies of
Ahmad's Blues (may 1952), and, after the fashionable conversion to Islam
New Rhumba (may 1955), and the two hits from
the live album But Not for Me (january 1958), Nat Simon's Poinciana (october 1955) and
George Gershwin's But Not for Me.
Jamal continued delivering impressive recordings, notably
Blue Moon (2012).
Frederick "Ahmad Jamal" Jones died in 2023.