Bud Powell In Paris
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Bud Powell In Paris

16 Feb 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 14 April 1995
  • Release Date: 14 April 1995
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1995 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 49:21
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  • ASIN: B003A7TKD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,942 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary lesson of music and swing by Bud 26 Oct 2002
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Each record by the immense Bud Powell is a treasure.Even when he was in serious health troubles.If you reject some of his records,just because he couldn't play as fast as usual,just because he was sick ,or despaired,then you have to reject Billie's "lady in satin","last recordings",Lester's last albums,"laughin' to keep from crying","going for myself","Lester Young in Paris",Paul Gonsalves' album with Earl Hines on Black Lion,which includes one of jazz greatest treasures,"over the rainbow",Coleman Hawkins' "Supreme" album on Enja,and many more.If you do,then I have to say that we'll never talk about music together.
If you think that Bud couldn't play anymore in 1963,(he died three years later,aged 43),then you're terribly wrong.This amazing session,recorded February 1963in Paris,with Gilbert Rovère,bass,and Kansas Fields,drums,and produced by Duke Ellington is essential.Bud is at his best.That means that he plays at the highest level.He turns every tune into a masterpiece: Duke Jordan's "Jor Du",standards like "how high the moon","I can't get started" or "body and soul",Duke Ellington's "satin doll",Little Benny Harris' themes,"Reets and I" and "Little Benny",his own composition,the incredible "parisian thoroughfare" and the traditionnal and very emotionnal "dear old Stockholm".This music swings like mad.I don't know if another jazz musician ever swang that way.Bud's music is the perfect medicine against loneliness and sadness.If you don't tap your feet after the very first bars of "Reets and I",then stop listening to jazz immediatly.If you do,then jump to Monk's,Mary Lou Williams' and Tadd Dameron's records,Bud's main influences with...Bach.
This album is essential to every Bud's fan.During the last years of his short life,he recorded a few albums in Paris,and they all are great ("Blues for Bouffemont",Black Lion).But this one has some terrific piano playing.Bud was still here in 1963.Don't miss it!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
fantastic! 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of best sessions Powell played or that any piano player ever played. Despite all of his problems, this man could play like nobody's business until the day he passed away. Too bad, however, that the bass player and drummer are not listed. If you find today's piano players boring and unoriginal, get this recording. You will dig it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bud 1963. 10 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the 1960s while living in France, Bud Powell, the greatest jazz pianist of his era (and perhaps any era) struggled with numerous mental, substance and health problems. His skills eroded from his pinnacle in the late 1940s. However he surfaced numerous times for some solid performances like this one. Produced by Duke Ellington, and backed by a drummer Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields and bassist Gilbert Rovere. Bud is in good form, showing a lot of range. Bop standards such as "Little Benny", "Parisian Thoroughfare" and "How High the Moon", a bit of hard boppiness ("Jordu"), and an impressionistic and cool version of "Dear Old Stockholm". During this period, Bud's style was more spare and a shade Monk-like. A good session by a great artist.
The candle burns the brightest near the end 2 Aug 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
I happen to fully agree with Jean-Marie Juif's premise in his insightful and helpful October 25, ,review. Bud exhibits amazing musicianship on every track on this album. Listen to the sound samples. Each of those provides more than ample evidence that the music is special. I cannot begin to list my favorites because, first, that would only reflect my personal opinion, and second, I would need tie breakers. Suffice to say that Bud is in excellent form on each track.

One can only imagine how trying the session was. Although this album has nine tracks there were twenty-two tracks recorded that February 1963 day in Paris. That in itself should have sapped the energy of the trio, yet they are fresh and playing at peak on the seven original and two bonus tracks from the same session on this album. Also, I can only speculate on what Duke Ellington's presence and direction as producer did to influence the music. Duke's style was vastly different than Bud's, but Duke was pretty hip as evidenced by his collaboration with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, Money Jungle, recorded just five months earlier.

I am familiar with drummer Kansas Fields (real name is Carl Donnell) from his Roy Eldridge years as well as with some European live performances in the 1960s. His playing is a good match to Bud's style, and I especially love his brushwork which I consider to be masterful. I am much less familiar with bassist Gilbert Rovere, but am impressed with his playing on this album.

A few notes about this album: some sources cite that it was released in 1964, but it was released as Reprise R 6098 later in 1963. The original release was seven tracks (it did not contain Indiana or Bud's Blue Bossa (called B-Flat Blues on this album).
Bud delivers and I definitely would recommend. 14 Sep 2014
By Peter Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a real gem, Bud delivers and I definitely would recommend.
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