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Bouncing with Bud

Bud Powell Audio CD

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1. Rifftide
2. Bouncing With Bud
3. Move
4. The Best Thing for You
5. Straight, No Chaser
6. I Remember Clifford
7. Hot House
8. 52nd Street Theme

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Delmark Records -Bouncing With Bud - Bass - Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen* Drums - William Schiöpffe Piano - Bud PowellMedium 1
  1. Rifftide
  2. Bouncing With Bud
  3. Move
  4. The Best Thing For You
  5. Straight, No Chaser
  6. I Remember Clifford
  7. Hot House
  8. 52nd Street Theme

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific record by the genius,Mr Bud Powell 28 Nov 2001
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on
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Sweden,April 26,1962; it's been a long time since Bud Powell was in such an outstanding form.Sweedish musicians William Schiopffe,on drums, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass,are here backing Bud with talent;but what is amazing here is the freshness and incredibly youth of Bud's playing.At that time,Bud was only 38,but very sad and desperate years happened since his first recording sessions,and his playing here is miraculously intact.Medicines,electric shock treatments,sanatorium,and Buttercup's tiranny are mysteriously annihilated during this superior recording session,surely one of Bud's greatest.Bud swings with ferocity, as if he was twenty,as on his first recordings,on Verve or Blue Note."Bouncing with Bud" is absolutely terrific,and so are "Rifftide" (written by Monk and Coleman Hawkins),Denzil Best's "Move"(remember Miles' "Birth of the cool" ?),Irving Berlin's "the best thing for you is me",which Bud sometimes used to sing,Tadd Dameron's "Hot house" (listen to Tadd,one of Dexter Gordon's favorite musicians,and an immense composer),Benny Golson's "I remember Clifford"(written for Clifford Brown,who died at 26 in a car crash which also killed Bud's brother,pianist Richie Powell,who played with Cliff in Max Roach's band),and Monk's "straight no chaser" and "52nd Street theme".I hardly can describe the feelings of euphory and joy I have everytime I listen to Bud's playing on these tunes.This is piano playing at its highest level,a pure majesty,an incomparable feeling of perfection.Maybe it was Bud's last great session (he died in 1967,aged 43).I don't know, I like every session he did,just as Lester,or Billie,even if they were so sick that their playing or singing (why "or",singing is the most natural way of playing music,after all) was just a shadow of their past glory.And it is incredible that Bud could play that way,only three days after the disastrous recordings made at Stockholm's "Golden Circle" (five LPs on Steeplechase).Disastrous,but incredibly beautiful,just as Billie's "Lady in satin" session, or just as Lester's "Laughing to keep from crying" on Verve;or just as Paul Gonsalves' duet with Earl Hines on "Over the rainbow" (Black Lion Records);or Coleman Hawkins' "Supreme" album on Enja.On April 23,Bud played like if it was his last effort,and there was a strange mix of supreme beauty and total fall.Three days later,for this session,it seems like Bud has returned to the early fifties,recovering his mastery and technique.This is one of the highest moments in Bud's discography, so please don't miss it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 5 Feb 2008
By Felix Guerenabarrena - Published on
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This is a studio session by Bud Powell, NOT a live recording. In this CD Bud Powell plays some terrific piano. You will find him swinging and improvising at length. This version of Bouncing of Bud turns me on everytime I listen to it. Bud's playing, indeed, is very emotional. This is music plenty of life, as only big masters like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker or Bud himself, could create.

This album ranks there with the most brilliant piano performances in jazz, and I would prefer it to Bill Evans' Village Vanguard concerts.

Besides the music, the sound quality of the recording is very very good.

If you are a jazz piano aficionado, it will make your life more pleasant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another extremely strong late life performance 2 Aug 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
The session that produced this album was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 26, 1962. Personnel were two Danish musicians, the well known and highly regarded bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (a.k.a., 'The Great Dane with the Never-Ending Name') and a drummer about whom I know nothing: William Schiopffe. I will say that Schiopffe's skills are impressive.

Sound samples on this page convey the power of the studio performances. Not only are the musicians in excellent form, but the recording itself is clear and captures not only the sound, but somehow manages to record the spirit and energy of the session.

What is interesting - to me - is the tracks that were selected. Monk's compositions are well represented with 52nd Street Theme, Straight No Chaser and - obliquely with Rifftide. The latter has a history behind it that is tied to Monk's Hackensack. I will discuss that in a comment to this review to keep it on focus. Ruby My Dear was recorded during this session, but did not make it to the album.

Aside from Monk, the bebop-influenced theme is continued with Tadd Dameron's Hot House, Bud's own composition - Bouncing With Bud - and Denziel Best's composition Move. Benny Golson's tribute to Clifford Brown, I Remember Clifford, is a beautiful and sentimental piece that I have always loved. Bud and his other trio members did it the justice that it deserved. Although Irving Berlin's The Best Thing For You is an odd track given the other songs, it fit the album's theme perfectly.

Wrapping up, this is one more piece of evidence that Bud was in full command of his powers as late as 1963. One of the highlights on this album is Pedersen's bass work, which adds a dimension to this album that should be studied by every bassist (and drummer) for how to create a pulse and mood that elevates the music. I'll place a short piece about the Rifftide-Hackensack connection in a comment below.
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