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Bud Powell, Bud Powell Trio Audio CD

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First press limited paper-sleeve edition. Comes in a SHM-CD format. 24 bit digital remastering. Recorded in 1953. The last of the included tracks is an interview of Bud Powell. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The master at work 11 Jan 2002
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best documents of Powell's live performances. The sound-quality is acceptable--the only flaw is that while Powell & Roy Haynes are caught well, Mingus's bass is often very obscured (I can barely make out the notes he's playing). The recordings were made in Washington in 1953, & the material is a collection of typical bop chestnuts--"I Want to Be Happy", "Salt Peanuts", "Little Willie Leaps", "Woody n' You". Powell is in amazingly sharp form--none of the stumbles & vaguenesses of his later, lesser work: he's got a decent piano & gives it a very crisp attack. One of hte pleasures here is that while most of the tunes are dispatched in 3-4 minutes, a few of them considerably stretch beyond the length of your typical bop single, notably a 9-minute version of "Salt Peanuts".
There is a 5-minute interview at the end, conducted in 1963 in two parts, in France. This was recorded while Powell was recovering from tubreculosis in a sanatorium; on the first he sounds extremely haggard & spaced-out, on the second rather better. Though they don't contain any extraordinary insights they're rather moving to hear.
Great stuff for bop aficionados; casual listeners will probably want something in better sound unless they're used to listening to airshot material & the like. Ignore the supremely tasteless cover art (it shows Bud Powell's head distorted into a picture of madness, Francis-Bacon-style), & check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Bud Powell in peak form 2 Aug 2002
By Firebrand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This April 1953 Washington DC concert recording is a treasure. Powell (with Charles Mingus on bass and Roy Haynes on drums) at peak form. His speed, articulation and creativity here are awesome. Because Bill Potts recorded this historic set on portable equipment, so the sound quality is not good. But this is easily overlooked. Includes two interviews of Powell from 1963 while recovering in the Bouffemont sanitorium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Bud among his best 5 Dec 2006
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Spring must have really been in the air when these live recordings from Washington, DC, were made (April 5, 1953) by the Bud Powell trio: there's an exuberant spirit afloat as if the musicians were celebrating something special. Drummer Roy Haynes is particularly on fire, not just dropping bombs like any bebop drummer would - his are atom bombs! All the tunes are taken at a swift clip, and Bud makes it clear why he was considered perhaps the most fluid pianist of his day. No matter what the tune Bud takes it to magnificent heights of invention and dynamism. Perhaps it was the driving motivation of Haynes's drumming that was pushing him to these heights, but whatever it was Powell's playing is among his best captured on disk. The CD is a must for Powell or any modern jazz piano fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The previous review is misleading 26 Nov 2001
By "s_molman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While the interview is "late" Powell, the live session is not. It is from 1953 and is prime Powell. Actually, this is the best live Powell I have run across. The Massey Hall stuff is great, but is execrable sound. This has much better sound and is superb playing all around. This one is for anyone who would like to hear Powell at his peak in a live setting in decent sound.
4.0 out of 5 stars Powell enthusiasts take note 25 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rare recordings of late Powell, and interesting taped interviews of Powell. Sound quality not the best, but the genius' fire is obvious.
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