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Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 [Original recording remastered]

Bud Powell, Bud Powell TrioAudio CD
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listen  1. Bouncin' With Bud (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1998 Digital Remaster)Bud Powell 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wail (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dance Of The Infidels (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 52nd Street Theme (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You Go To My Head (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ornithology (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bouncin' With Bud (Alternate Take 1) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bouncin' With Bud (Alternate Take 2) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wail (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dance Of The Infidels (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ornithology (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Un Poco Loco (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Over The Rainbow (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Night In Tunisia (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. It Could Happen To You (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Parisian Thoroughfare (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell Trio 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Un Poco Loco (Alternate Take 1) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Un Poco Loco (Alternate Take 2) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. A Night In Tunisia (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell Trio 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. It Could Happen To You (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1951
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005LANK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, and Quite Possibly Divine May 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you plan to invest in the complete "Amazing" series, then this is the place to start. Bud is the matrix of modern jazz piano, the Bird of the piano, the reason pianists began to speak about "blowing piano" rather than "playing" it.

On the other hand, if this is going to be your only disc representing Powell's inarguable genius, you may wish to consider a representative anthology. "The Definitive" and "The Ultimate Bud Powell" (compiled by Chic Corea) are both worthy collections, but the best bet is still the oop "The Best of Bud Powell: The Blue Note Years." Once you hear "Bud on Bach" you'll have a better understanding of the sublime baroque design of Bud's inventiveness at its apex.

I hesitate to suggest why Powell is so important--especially after reviewing another Powell recording and being chastized by subsequent reviewers for stopping short of complete idolatry of every aspect of his playing (maybe I'm monotheistic--jazz has traditionally recognized Art Tatum as the "God in the House"). Without commenting on his harmonic progressions and left-hand voicings, I feel safe in making the following claim: no pianist's right hand has combined such a lightning-fast, limitless melodic imagination with an equally impressive, dazzling yet flowing, rhythmic complexity. To listen to the brilliance of the playing on "Parisian Thoroughfare," only to have the self-critical Powell stop mid-stream and instruct the engineers to "cut it," is a supremely insightful moment into the mind of a superior creative being.

If the above is controversial because it's insufficient in its praise, I'm cheered that there are still listeners who care enough about Bud to insist on his deification. His music is certainly deserving of continued respect if not reverence.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic quintet-but not the place to start July 19, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
The quintet session is so immortal and lavished with analysis, none is necessary here. In spite of the almost universal thought that this is "it"---the ultimate Powell recording that exemplies the artist, I say, think again. His entire career, and the myriad of periods and changes in his style, should be appreciated. As a lifelong Powell collector and student, I strongly recommend first-timers to Powell to start with the early Verve, Roost and Blue Note trios before coming around to this magnificent set, which includes the quintets as well as the handful of trio numbers such as "You Go to My Head" (one of Powell's greatest ballad recordings). ("The Complete 1947-1951 Blue Note, Verve and Roost" is a box set that captures most of his finest work.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bop Classic October 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This recording demonstrates the truly amazing talent that Bud Powell had both as an improvisor and as a composer of classic jazz standards. He is accompanied by a fine band featuring a young Sonny Rollins and the incredible Fats Navarro on trumpet. The ensemble playing is excellent with breakneck tempos and complex rhythmic changes. On Un Poco Loco Powell plays off of Max Roach's latin tinged drumming in a duet that by itself would be worth the price of this CD. Roach is always amazing but this tune is one I can listen to again and again. This CD deserves a place in any jazz collection. A true master at the height of his powers accompanied by great musicians on their way to becoming legends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 sides of Bud. January 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Tracks 1 - 11: Fats Navarro - trumpet, Sonny Rollins - tenor sax, Bud Powell - piano, Tommy Potter - bass, Roy Haynes - drums. Recorded in 1949.

Tracks 12 - 20: Bud Powell - piano, Curley Russell - bass, Max Roach - drums. Recorded in 1951.

What can really be said about this album? It's almost easier to write about bad music than it is about great music. The whole higher purpose of music (with or without lyrics) is to express that which words cannot do justice, so how can anyone truly do any justice to great music by talking about it? I can't, but I try... if only for the sake of helping other people buy (or not) this or that disc.

Bud and friends are absolutely killin here! One the one hand, the larger band tracks have a certain lovelyness to them simply because everyone shines. Having Fats and Sonny there adds a whole different feel to the music, and more variety. You know there is a whole lot of melody going on with Fats and Sonny there! Of course there is also something to be said for the lean trio format of the later tracks. Being the featured soloist, Bud has more time and room to work with and stretch out, and he certainly knew how to make the most of it. This trio is brilliant, to put it bluntly.

On a later disc like Time Waits, Bud is a little off. Not off-off, really, but more like... Ragged but Right. He could still do it, but you can tell he was having to work for it. Here though, on Amazing Powell Volume 1... it doesn't sound like he's working for anything. He just has it. All of it. It's just flowing out of him like sweat.

Bud was a brilliant musician and it's dripping out of him on this disc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of geniuses for a bebop masterpiece November 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
More than fifty years have passed since this incredible music was waxed.I can't believe it.The first session (Aug.8,1949) includes Fats Navarro on trumpet,a very young Sonny Rollins on tenor sax,Tommy Potter on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums."Fat Girl" has great choruses on trumpet,and the twenty years old Rollins shows that he'll soon be the boss.Bud's tunes are bop's classics now ("wail","bouncing with Bud","dance of the infidels").But the quintet also plays Bird ("ornithology"),Monk ("52nd Street theme") and a magnificent standard ("you go to my head" ).The second session (May 1,1951) is a trio with Curley Russell and Max Roach. Again,a bunch of masterpieces: JImmy Van Heusen's "it could happen to you",Dizzy's "night in Tunisia",Howard Arlen's "over the rainbow", Bud's "parisian thoroughfare" and "un poco loco".Make no mistake,this cd contains some of the greatest stuff ever recorded .THis is bop at its highest level,and listening to it makes me feel like jumping to Tadd Dameron's music.Rudy Van Gelder's remastering of these tracks is great, and for the first time, the tunes appear in the order of the recording sessions.There are nine alternate tracks in this cd. Don't miss this reissue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I bought this CD not really knowing much about this particular "album" but knowing that Bud Powell was a Master at the Jazz Piano. What I got was just unbelieveable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Tosi
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
It works and sounds good. 900ish kbps. My only concern is that it's mono but that doesn't really matter because it was from an LP.

Not much else to say.
Published 17 months ago by Dean Guenther
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano Bop at its Best
I am a fan of Bill Evans' jazz piano work and thought I would try out Bud Powell with this recording. This is an amazing example of a piano virtuoso at the top of his game. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Ortiz Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
GREAT CD. If you get any CD by Bud Powell, be sure to get either this one or the trio cd he did with Curly Russell and Max Roach with Bud's Bubble and I'll Remember April on... Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by hippiesruleon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Bud still delivers!!
Anyone who has an interest in the history of jazz piano should get this album or albums (Vol 1 & 2). Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Dennis W. Wong
3.0 out of 5 stars Smooth piano, smoother trumpet, rough recording
I struggled for a long time on ranking this one as either three stars or four, for a couple of conflicting reasons. Read more
Published on June 13, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz doesn't get any better
I may be sentimental about Bud Powell, because he was the first jazz musician I ever listened to. The 80s vinyl version of this album was the first jazz recording I ever bought,... Read more
Published on February 11, 2008 by lexo1941
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest albums you'll hear
This album by Bud Powell is sheer delight to listen to. The first half of the cd was recorded with Sonny Rollins, Fats Navarro, Tommy Potter, and Roy Haynes in 1949. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Digging for Treasure
I'm fairly new to jazz and still hunting for treasures. Bud Powell influenced my hero Bill Evans and came recommended by jazz piano guru Mark Levine, so he deserved a listen. Read more
Published on April 12, 2007 by Fly By Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The opener, "Bouncing with Bud" is one of my top 5 favorite jazz tunes. It's absolutely infectious, as is this entire album. Read more
Published on November 2, 2006 by Nero3000
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