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The Amazing Bud Powell
LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Reissued
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Released in 1951, 'The Amazing Bud Powell' is considered one of Bud Powell's most important recordings. Featuring the likes of Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins and Max Roach, 'The Amazing Bud Powell' will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Includes the composition 'Un Poco Loco' ('A Little Crazy').
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Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (1924 – 1966) was a jazz pianist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City. His greatest influence on piano was Art Tatum. Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a leading figure in the development of modern jazz, or bebop. His virtuosity led many to call him the Charlie Parker of the piano. Powell was also a composer, and he "greatly extended the range of jazz.
CD1: The Amazing Bud Powell
The album is rated highly within Powell's musical library, described by All About Jazz as "among the pianist's most important recordings" and by The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jazz (in conjunction with volume two) as "a great introduction to this awesome pianist". Jazz critic Scott Yanow characterized it in his book Jazz on Record as "full of essential music".
CD2: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released on Blue Note Records in 1954, featuring a session Powell recorded with George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums at the WOR Studios in New York, on August 14, 1953.
CD3: Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol. 3), also known as The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3: Bud!, is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released on Blue Note in 1957, featuring a session Powell recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on August 3, 1957, with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums, and trombonist Curtis Fullerguesting on three tracks.
This new compilation from Not Now Music brings together all 3 original albums and is smartly packaged with liner notes by Chris Welch. The sound transfers are very good throughout. My favourite of the three LPs,is the volume 2. I like this selection best as it is a marvellous working of so many well known songs from the American Songbook.