The Genius Of Bud Powell

July 28, 1992 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Verve Records
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  • Total Length: 38:23
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  • ASIN: B001NS7HD6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,233 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bud Powell was, in the words of Herbie Hancock, the cornerstone of modern jazz piano. The two sessions on this CD (a trio from 1950 and eight solos from 1951) are, along with the performances on "Jazz Giant", are the very best Powell on Verve, and arguably the best Bud Powell ever recorded. They are masterworks that all jazz listeners must hear. He is at the peak of his creative powers, and he is otherworldly: his speed,articulation, invention are startling. Every piece is a classic. Three takes of "Tea for Two", in which Powell was reportedly racing drummer Buddy Rich (out of spite), is speed incarnate. "Parisian Thoroughfare": the definitive performance of this beautiful composition. "Oblivion": stately, unforgettable, haunting. "Dusky n Sandy": spare, haunting, gorgeous.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nevis on October 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Anyone interested in "The Genius of Bud Powell" would be far better off with the less expensive Bud Powell "Complete 1947-1951 Blue Note, Verve & Roost Sessions" compilation instead. And here's why:

1. The Blue Note/Verve/Roost compilation contains exactly the same material as "The Genius of Bud Powell" with same personnel from the same recording sessions (solo sessions in 1951, and trio sessions with Ray Brown & Buddy Rich in 1950).

2. "The Genius of Bud Powell" contains only 12 tracks. The Blue Note/Verve/Roost compilation contains 45 tracks.

3. The sound quality on the BN/V/R compilation is surprisingly bright, clean and present (a 24 bit remastering), especially considering the fact that these recordings were made some sixty year ago.

4. The BN/V/R compilation cost me two dollars less than the amazon price for "The Genius of BP."

On top of all this, the BN/V/R compilation, a 2-CD Spanish import (from the Jazz Factory), includes all of Bud's trio and solo studio sessions--all 34 of his sizzling trio pieces, all eleven of his stunningly beautiful solo pieces--for Blue Note, Verve and Roost from 1947 to 1951, including eleven wonderful Powell originals.

Of the many trio and solo pieces not included on "The Genius of Bud Powell," there are a number I simply wouldn't want to do without, especially the Powell originals "Celia," "Strictly Confidential," "Tempus Fugue-It," "So Sorry Please," "I'll Keep Loving You," "Bud's Bubble," "Un Poco Loco" (three takes), and my personal favorite "Parisian Thoroughfare" (in both solo and trio sessions, though the trio ends abruptly when Bud says, "Hey, cut it, man.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tracks 1-4 are with a trio, including Buddy Rich on drums, probably not the best choice to accompany Bud. Tracks 5-12 are solo, and these are terrific. They alone are worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on July 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Oh, ... how do you spell genius? I spell it B - U - D. This album is phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal. If you want Bud at his highest peak you have to buy "Jazz giant" and this one. The Verve period is probably the best period for Bud, way better than the Blue Note period. I own all the Blue Note albums Bud but the difference is dramatic. These Verve albums are his legacy. Blue Note albums are a lot less inspired and vital. Here instead, you have the Charlie Parker of piano at his highest peak of creativity and genius. These Verve albums means for Bud what Dial masters means for Bird. The highest achievement for a genius on his instrument and for the history of music. When I saw the tunes list, I noted that there were three "Tea for two" versions in a row. I thought "ok, I'll listen to the master take and I'll listen to the other versions just once...". Wow, was I wrong my friends! I can't get tired of listening to Bud playing the "Tea". He was, he was Bud. Just like Bird. Just like Tatum. A total master on his instrument and an incredible music genius that is unforgettable. And I think I have said it all. The repertoire here is truly wonderful. The tunes I love the most are "Tea" of course which in Bud's hands becomes a scaring rollercoaster ride at full speed! In "Tea" and "Halleluja" Ray Brown and Max Roach played with Bud. The rest of the album is piano solo, but Bud playing style is so rich rhythmically and perfect armonically that you don't fell the need of a rhythmin section, really. Well, he's Bud. "The fruit" is another tune that I really love, a solo piano bop melody that is truly exilarating! But really this album is a cornucopia of gems!Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Iracane on December 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Bud Powell does not get the mainstream attention won by such giants as Monk, but his talents at the piano playing bop are surpassed by none. This album is an excellent (and cheap!) way to hear his music. I bought this album for one song: "Hallucinations", which is his essential tune. The rest of the songs are good, ("Nightingale", "Oblivion") but I don't need three takes of "Tea for Two." To each his own, though.
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