BUD POWELL

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Earl "Bud" Powell (1924-1966) is generally considered to be the most important pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic Gary Giddins, in Visions of Jazz, goes even further, saying that "Powell will be recognized as one of the most formidable creators of piano music in any time or idiom."

His first recordings were made in 1944, when he was a 20 year old pianist in the Cootie Williams Band, and his last recordings were made in 1964 when he returned from several years in Europe to play at Birdland.

Between those dates Bud Powell played with the greatest jazz musicians of his generation including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach. The recordings he made for the forerunners of the Verve label and for Blue Note, as well as many lesser known labels, are among the
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The Scene Changes [LP]The Scene Changes [LP]
Blue Note 2015
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Strictly PowellStrictly Powell
Sony Music Canada Inc. 2017
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Birdland 1953 / Complete TrioBirdland 1953 / Complete Trio
Fresh Sounds Spain 2004
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The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (RVG Edition)The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (RVG Edition)
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Blue Note 2001
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Complete Amazing Bud PowellComplete Amazing Bud Powell
Blue Note 2018
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Blues In The ClosetBlues In The Closet
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Verve 2009
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Classic Recordings: 1949-1956Classic Recordings: 1949-1956
Enlightenment 2016
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BUD POWELL Discography

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BUD POWELL Bud Powell Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell Piano
Bop 1950
BUD POWELL Bud Powell Trio (vol.1) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bud Powell Trio (vol.1)
Bop 1951
BUD POWELL Piano Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solos
Bop 1951
BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell album cover 3.25 | 3 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell
Bop 1952
BUD POWELL The Bud Powell Trio album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Bud Powell Trio
Bop 1953
BUD POWELL The Artistry Of Bud Powell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Artistry Of Bud Powell
Bop 1954
BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2
Bop 1954
BUD POWELL Bud Powell's Moods (aka The Genius Of Bud Powell) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Bud Powell's Moods (aka The Genius Of Bud Powell)
Bop 1954
BUD POWELL Bud Powell: Jazz Original  (aka Bud Powell '57) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell: Jazz Original (aka Bud Powell '57)
Bop 1955
BUD POWELL Bud Powells Moods album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powells Moods
Bop 1955
BUD POWELL Jazz Giant album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Giant
Bop 1956
BUD POWELL Piano Interpretations by Bud Powell album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Piano Interpretations by Bud Powell
Bop 1956
BUD POWELL Blues in the Closet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues in the Closet
Bop 1956
BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume Three: Bud! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume Three: Bud!
Bop 1957
BUD POWELL Strictly Powell album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Strictly Powell
Bop 1957
BUD POWELL Swingin' With Bud album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' With Bud
Bop 1958
BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 4 : Time Waits album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 4 : Time Waits
Bop 1958
BUD POWELL Bud Powell Trio  Featuring Max Roach : Bud (aka 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell Trio Featuring Max Roach : Bud (aka "The" Trio)
Bop 1958
BUD POWELL The Lonely One (aka Le Solitaire) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lonely One (aka Le Solitaire)
Bop 1959
BUD POWELL The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol. 5) album cover 4.36 | 2 ratings
The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol. 5)
Bop 1959
BUD POWELL The Lonely One... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lonely One...
Bop 1959
BUD POWELL Bud Powell In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell In Paris
Bop 1963
BUD POWELL The Return of Bud Powell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of Bud Powell
Bop 1964
BUD POWELL A Portrait of Thelonious album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Portrait of Thelonious
Bop 1965
BUD POWELL Blues for Bouffemont (aka The Invisible Cage) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Blues for Bouffemont (aka The Invisible Cage)
Bop 1966
BUD POWELL Ups 'n Downs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ups 'n Downs
Bop 1972
BUD POWELL Bud Powell/Don Byas - A Tribute to Cannonball album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell/Don Byas - A Tribute to Cannonball
Bop 1979
BUD POWELL Hot House (aka Salt Peanuts) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot House (aka Salt Peanuts)
Bop 1984
BUD POWELL 0.00 | 0 ratings
"More Unissued" Vol. 1 1953 To 1959
Bop 1990
BUD POWELL Bud Plays Bird album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bud Plays Bird
Bop 1996
BUD POWELL Eternity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eternity
Bop 2004

BUD POWELL EPs & splits

BUD POWELL Piano Interpretations By Bud Powell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Interpretations By Bud Powell
Bop 1956
BUD POWELL Bud Powell Trio / Lucky Thompson Trio : Memorial Oscar Pettiford album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell Trio / Lucky Thompson Trio : Memorial Oscar Pettiford
Bop 1960

BUD POWELL live albums

BUD POWELL Jazz At Massey Hall Volume Two (aka The Bud Powell Trio ) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Jazz At Massey Hall Volume Two (aka The Bud Powell Trio )
Bop 1953
BUD POWELL Bouncing with Bud (aka Bud Powell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bouncing with Bud (aka Bud Powell)
Bop 1962
BUD POWELL At Home - Strictly Confidential (aka Strictly Confidential ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Home - Strictly Confidential (aka Strictly Confidential )
Bop 1964
BUD POWELL Hot House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot House
Bop 1966
BUD POWELL Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris (aka 'Round About Midnight At The Blue Note) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris (aka 'Round About Midnight At The Blue Note)
Bop 1968
BUD POWELL Broadcast Performances 1953 (aka 1953 Winter Sessions Broadcast Performancesaka Earl Bud' Powell aka At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1 aka From 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broadcast Performances 1953 (aka 1953 Winter Sessions Broadcast Performancesaka Earl Bud' Powell aka At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1 aka From "Birdland" New-York City 1956 aka There is only one)
Bop 1973
BUD POWELL Bud in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud in Paris
Bop 1975
BUD POWELL Spring Broadcasts 1953 (aka 1953 Spring Sessions - Broadcast Performances Vol. 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spring Broadcasts 1953 (aka 1953 Spring Sessions - Broadcast Performances Vol. 1)
Bop 1977
BUD POWELL 1953 Autumn Sessions Broadcast Performances (aka Autumn Broadcast 1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1953 Autumn Sessions Broadcast Performances (aka Autumn Broadcast 1953)
Bop 1977
BUD POWELL 1953 Summer Sessions Broadcast Performances (aka Summer Broadcasts 1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1953 Summer Sessions Broadcast Performances (aka Summer Broadcasts 1953)
Bop 1977
BUD POWELL At The Golden Circle Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Golden Circle Volume 1
Bop 1978
BUD POWELL At The Golden Circle Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Golden Circle Volume 2
Bop 1978
BUD POWELL At The Golden Circle Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Golden Circle Volume 3
Bop 1979
BUD POWELL At The Golden Circle Volume 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Golden Circle Volume 4
Bop 1980
BUD POWELL At the Golden Circle, Vol. 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Golden Circle, Vol. 5
Bop 1980
BUD POWELL Inner Fires album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inner Fires
Bop 1982
BUD POWELL Bud Powell 1953 At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell 1953 At Birdland
Bop 1983
BUD POWELL New York All Star Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York All Star Sessions
Bop 1988
BUD POWELL Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 1: Early Years of a Genius, 44–48 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 1: Early Years of a Genius, 44–48
Bop 1989
BUD POWELL Earl Bud Powell Vol. 6 - Writin' For Duke, 63 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earl Bud Powell Vol. 6 - Writin' For Duke, 63
Bop 1989
BUD POWELL Earl Bud Powell Vol. 9 - Return To Birdland, 64 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earl Bud Powell Vol. 9 - Return To Birdland, 64
Bop 1989
BUD POWELL Bud Powell Trio : Budism - Previously Unissued Recordings, Stockholm 1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell Trio : Budism - Previously Unissued Recordings, Stockholm 1962
Bop 1992
BUD POWELL Paris Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Sessions
Bop 2002
BUD POWELL Live in Lausanne 1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Lausanne 1962
Bop 2002
BUD POWELL Bud Powell In Scandinavia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell In Scandinavia
Bop 2012
BUD POWELL Live At Birdland 1957 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Birdland 1957
Bop 2013

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BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 (aka The Amazing Bud Powell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 (aka The Amazing Bud Powell)
Bop 1955
BUD POWELL The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2
Bop 1955
BUD POWELL Jazz Giant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Giant
Bop 1956
BUD POWELL Bud Powell In Concert (aka The Essen Jazz Festival Concert) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell In Concert (aka The Essen Jazz Festival Concert)
Bop 1962
BUD POWELL Bud Powell Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bud Powell Trio
Bop 1975
BUD POWELL Strictly Powell And Swingin' With Bud album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strictly Powell And Swingin' With Bud
Bop 1982
BUD POWELL Simply Amazing!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Simply Amazing!!
Bop 1982
BUD POWELL Alternate Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alternate Takes
Bop 1985
BUD POWELL Musica Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musica Jazz
Bop 1993
BUD POWELL Best of Bud Powell On Verve, The album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Bud Powell On Verve, The
Bop 1994
BUD POWELL The Complete Bud Powell on Verve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Bud Powell on Verve
Bop 1994
BUD POWELL The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings
Bop 1994
BUD POWELL Jazz Profile, Volume 8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Profile, Volume 8
Bop 1997
BUD POWELL Planet Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Jazz
Bop 1997
BUD POWELL The Chronological Classics: Bud Powell 1945-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Bud Powell 1945-1947
Bop 1998
BUD POWELL The Complete 1946-1949 Roost/Blue Note/Verve/Swing Masters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1946-1949 Roost/Blue Note/Verve/Swing Masters
Bop 2000
BUD POWELL Complete the Amazing Bud Powell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete the Amazing Bud Powell
Bop 2001
BUD POWELL The Definitive Bud Powell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Bud Powell
Bop 2002
BUD POWELL Masters Of Jazz-Cabu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Of Jazz-Cabu
Bop 2002
BUD POWELL The Chronological Classics: Bud Powell 1951-1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Bud Powell 1951-1953
Bop 2004
BUD POWELL Live In Geneva 1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Geneva 1962
Bop 2009
BUD POWELL The Complete RCA Trio Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete RCA Trio Sessions
Bop 2009
BUD POWELL Around the Clock With album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Around the Clock With
Bop 2014
BUD POWELL Birdland 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birdland 1953
Bop 2014
BUD POWELL The Classic Recordings: 1949-1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Recordings: 1949-1956
Bop 2016
BUD POWELL 1960 Essen, Grugahalle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1960 Essen, Grugahalle
Bop 2017

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BUD POWELL Blues for Bouffemont (aka The Invisible Cage)

Album · 1966 · Bop
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“Blues for Bouffemont” (also known as “The Invisable Cage”) was one of Bud Powell’s last recordings, and many consider it his last worthwhile recording. There is no doubt that Powell was one of the most influential jazz pianists ever, but due to mental health issues, his recordings can be inconsistent. Considering that this record came late in his career, it is surprisingly good, although not exactly a representation of Powell at his very best. On the plus side, Powell sounds very relaxed on here and his playing shows little traces of that bizarre stiffness that I’ve heard on other recordings that can make his playing unbearably loud and forceful. The relaxed feel in his playing is a welcome relief compared to some past recordings, but at the same time, I’ve heard Powell recordings that better show his abilities with ultra-fast tempos and complicated phrasing at high speed altitudes. Some have also complained of sloppiness in Powell’s playing on some cuts, but it only gets bad on “Relaxin at Camarillo”, which does sound a bit tipsy. So possibly “Bouffemont” falls on the plus side of the middle range when it comes to the up and down world of Bud Powell recordings.

Stylistically speaking you get a lot of variety on here ranging from up-tempo bop to ballads, swing, blues and even calypso jazz. Powell shows his dark humor on the sentimental ballad, “Like Someone in Love”, hamming it up like a Liberace. His crazy chord sequence that follows the bass solo packs in a lot in a few seconds. Much like Jimmy Smith and Keith Jarret, Bud Powell has been known to “sing” (sounds like an angry duck in the background) along with his playing. It doesn’t show up on some of his recordings, but it does on this album. It can be annoying at first, but not too hard to ignore after a while. Would you believe that in the late 70s, re-issues of this album on the Black Saint label could be found in the budget section at record stores for just a couple bucks., that’s how I got my copy.

BUD POWELL Jazz At Massey Hall Volume Two (aka The Bud Powell Trio )

Live album · 1953 · Bop
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“Jazz at Massey Hall Volume II” is the other half of one of the most notable jazz concerts in history. Volume I contains the one-time performance of the all-star quintet of Bird, Diz, Mingus, Max Roach and Bud Powell, while Volume II is just Powell on piano backed by Roach and Mingus. There have been countless re-issues of this album on both vinyl and CD, sometimes with different titles and song selections. Some will package the two volumes together as a two-fer, while other re-issues will include some studio sides that Powell cut around the same time with a rhythm section in Europe. I happen to have a vinyl re-issue called “Bud Powell Charlie Mingus Max Roach” credited to The Bud Powell Trio, confusingly enough, this group name happens to be the album title on earlier re-issues. I found my copy in a thrift store, and you pretty much never see Bud Powell records, even re-issues, in a thrift store.

This concert was recorded at a time when Powell’s playing was becoming increasingly erratic due to mental health issues, but he really pulls it together for this performance. All six of the tunes on the original album sound great, the re-issue I have, as well as many other re-issues, replaces “Basically Speaking” with “Jubilee”, which makes sense as its fast tempos provide a better showcase for Powell’s high speed dexterity than the more Mingus centered “Basically”. The four extra cuts recorded with Art Taylor and George Duvivier in Europe are good too, but some of Powell’s increasing oddness comes out more on these cuts. His ballad playing on the European dates is marred by his constant bizarre shifts in volume, and when he plays loudly, which is often, it sounds as if he wants to destroy the piano. A little “ugly beauty” is always a part of a good jazz ballad, but this sort of extremes is definitely an acquired taste.

The sometimes brutal ballads aside, this album is full of everything that is so great about Powell. The high speed tempos handled with ease, the tricky rhythmic phrases, the weird asides and instances of brilliance that are impossible for others to imitate. Some highlights on here include Powell’s two-handed interlocking solos on “Sure Thing” and Max Roach’s high speed bongo like drum solo answer to Powell’s flashy ride on “Cherokee”. Of course Charles Mingus is superb on bass, pushing the tempo like crazy on the fast numbers and providing melodic counterpoint to Bud Powell on "I got You Under My Skin".

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