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Live in Lausanne 1962

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Distribution
  • ASIN: 5553584760
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This CD came as a surprise to me, for several reasons. Firstly, although I admire Bud Powell, he has never been one of my very favourite jazz pianists. Secondly, this record was made in 1962 in Lausanne, towards the end of Bud's career when health problems sometimes marred his work. Also, this recording has only just come to light.
Having said all that, I obviously approached the CD with a certain amount of caution, so the biggest surprise was, that it came as a revelation. Bud sounds in tremendous form in a programme of bop standards, with a couple of unknown musicians on bass and drums, whose support is sympathetic and competent.
Mention is made on the sleeve that the sound quality is not of the best, but it's better than I expected, and in no way mars the performance, so don't be put off!
Every Bud Powell enthusiast should have this record, and I would strongly recommend this to anyone else, who is remotely interested in piano jazz.
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HASH(0x9e2f9a44) out of 5 stars Wanna know what swing really is ?? Listen to this !!! 29 July 2002
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A million thanks to Chick Corea for producing this "new" record of Bud Powell.A million thanks to Celia Powell,Bud's daughter,for giving these tapes to Corea and letting him issue them.
Who said that Bud couldn't anymore play in the sixties ? This unissued broadcast recording,made in Lausanne,Switzerland,January 31,1962, and recorded live,will surely demonstrate that Bud ,at the beginning of this year,was in perfect health,and still able to play like mad.Bud's terrific,incredibely swinging style,with strong influences of Bird,and Bach too,allways gives me a feeling of total happiness.Seriously,I don't know if another jazz musician,even Louis,or Lester,or Billie,or Bird or Hawk,never swang this way.Simply terrific.
1962 seems to have been a good year for Bud.On April,he recorded a colossal album,"Bouncing with Bud",with NHOP;three months before,he was in Lausanne,and this exceptionnal concert was recorded.The sound quality is rather good,not great,but as good as many studio sessions,so don't worry about it.The bassist and drummer probably are swiss musicians,and they manage to do a very correct job.And there is Bud.Bud ,the magnificent one.And the repertoire : there is no composition by Bud,and it's very rare;only great bop tunes,and a few standards.And Bud,playing with total mastery.Just listen to Bud's introduction to "all God's children got rhythm";or to "Billie's bounce";this is Bud at his highest level,a level never reached by any other piano player.If you don't tap your foot while the music goes on,then stop listening to jazz,this music is not for your ears.
The four standards palyed are great ones: "lover,come back to me" by Hammerstein,"how high the moon" by Hamilton, "just one of those things" by Porter, and "all God's children" by Kaper.The other tunes were written by Bird ("Billie's bounce","Ornithology","Confirmation"),Monk ("Round midnight","Evidence"),Pettiford ("blues in the closet"),Golson ("I remember Clifford",written after Clifford Brown's tragic death at 25,in a car crash,in which Bud's brother,pianist Richie Powell was also killed),Gillespie ("woody'n'you"),and Bird/Dizzy/Bishop ("Anthropology").Sixty five minutes of joy with imperial playing by Bud Powell.Fourty years after it was recorded,this very great concert is available,so don't miss it.It sure will rank among the indispensable records of the great Earl "Bud" Powell.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e2f9e4c) out of 5 stars Supreme Bud Powell. From his final years. 15 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This legendary (but previously long out of print) live date, universally coveted by collectors, is proof that even in his later years, Bud Powell was the greatest pianist on earth. Here, he is inspired, brilliant, fresh, lighting fast, and his solos are long, bursting with ideas. This is prime Bud Powell, among the finest recorded.
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HASH(0x9e2f9c78) out of 5 stars one of five essential Bud Powell concerts available on CD 18 Sept. 2009
By Ben Nevis - Published on
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"Live in Lausanne 1962," from Stretch Records, contains one of five essential Bud Powell concerts now available on CD.

The twelve tracks feature Bud in a trio session with Bob Jacquillard on bass and Mike Stevenot on drums, recorded on January 31, 1962 by Lausanne Radio. Yes, it's late Bud, but there is a mythology regarding his late period that simply does not hold up to examination. Some of the best tracks in Powell's career come from concert and studio sessions recorded in Europe between November 1959 and August 1964. Yes, there are some disappointing late dates (especially from September 1964 on, with Bud's ill-fated return to New York), and, yes, his early period as leader, 1947 to 1953, is consistently amazing, but the most consistently disappointing work--clunking, uninspired, mediocre--comes from 1954 to 1956, which is the first half of his middle period, 1954 to 1958. But when Powell left for Paris in 1959, it marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable periods in his music life.

And Bud's playing is absolutely lovely in Lausanne in 1962. The sound quality may be the best of that on any of Powell's live recordings. Included are "Anthropology," "Billie's Blues," "Lover Come Back," "Round Midnight," "How High the Moon/Ornithology," "All God's Children," "Woody n You," "Confirmation," "I Remember Clifford," "Just One of those Things," "Evidence," and "Blues in the Closet." The tracks don't include any Powell originals, but the playing is just so swinging and upbeat and beautiful, it's not only one of my favorite late-Bud concerts, it's one of my favorite jazz albumns, ever.

Five Essential Bud Powell Concerts Available on CD:

1. Birdland, May 17, 1950, the legendary quintet work with Bud, Charlie Parker on alto sax, Fats Navarro on trumpet, Curley Russell on bass, and Art Blakey on drums (available on RLR's 2-CD set "Charlie Parker: Complete Live at Birdland" and Proper's 4-CD set "Charlie Parker: Chasin the Bird," and five of the fifteen tracks are also available on Proper's 4 CD-set "Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It"). Poor sound quality, but Bud, Bird and Fats are on fire at Birdland. Arguably the greatest recorded concert in jazz history.

2. Massey Hall, May 15, 1953, another legendary quintet with Bud, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, but it is in the trio pieces that Bud really shines, with Charles Mingus and Max Roach (available on the Jazz Factory's "Complete Jazz at Massey Hall"). Very good sound quality, considering the time period.

3. Birdland radio broadcasts, 1953, trio pieces from various dates in February, March, May and September of that year with various personnel, including Oscar Pettiford, Roy Haynes, Charles Mingus, Art Taylor, George Duvivier, and Max Roach (available on Fresh Sound's 2-CD set "Birdland 1953: The Complete Trio Recordings"). Poor sound quality, but indispensible Bud. And a lot of it, some 42 tracks of Powell at his best.

4. Hot Club, Geneva, February 1, 1962, trio pieces with M. Cortesi on bass and Jackie Cavussin on drums, in decent but not great sound quality (available on Gambit Records' "Live in Geneva"). Bud sizzles like it's 1953 or 1950. With two bonus tracks featuring a duet: Bud and Johnny Griffin on tenor, recorded in Paris on February 14, 1960. Just priceless.

5. Lausanne Radio, January 31, 1962, Bud with Bob Jacquillard on bass and Mike Stevenot on drums, and with lovely sound quality (available on Stretch Archives' "Live in Lausanne 1962"). Swinging and upbeat and one of my favorite concert performances. Period.

The Best of the Rest of Bud Powell Live, Available on CD:

6. Essen Jazz Festival, West Germany, April 2, 1960, Bud with Oscar Pettiford on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and (on four tracks) Coleman Hawkins, in good sound quality (available on Black Lion's "The Complete Essen Jazz Festival Concert"). Hawkins is just wonderful, but Bud is at his best on those tracks without CH.

7. Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, April 26, 1962, Bud with Niels-Henning Orsted on bass and William Schioffe on drums, in good sound quality (available on Delmark's "Bouncing with Bud"). Swinging and upbeat and just lovely.

8. Paris, Club Saint-Germain in 1957 and 1959, La Radio Television Francaise in 1959, Blue Note Cafe in 1959 and 1961, trio, quartet, and quintet sessions with various personnel, including Pierre Michelot, Kenny Clarke, Clark Terry, Barney Wilen and Zoot Sims (available on Pablo's "Parisian Thoroughfares"). The six tracks from the Club Saint-Germain are among my favorites. Most tracks have suprisingly good sound, a couple less so. But Bud's playing is sizzling throughout.

9. Paris, duets, trios, and quartets from sessions at the Blue Note Cafe and other unspecified clubs in December of 1959, and February, June and October of 1960, with Pierre Michelot on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, including two lovely quartet tracks with Barney Wilen on sax, and two amazing duet tracks with Bud and Johnny Griffen on sax, in poor sound on some tracks, decent sound on others (available on Xanadu's "Bud in Paris"). At times sizzling, at times lyrical, but beautiful Bud through and through (the two duet tracks are also available on Gambit Records' "Live in Geneva," as noted in item #4 above).

10. Club Kavakos, April 5, 1953, Washington DC, Bud with Charles Mingus and Roy Haynes (available on Collectibles' "Inner Fires"). Poor sound quality. Exceptional Bud. But just a little too much drum solo for my taste. Others may find this concert as rewarding as the extraordinary Birdland broadcasts of 1953 (see item #3 above).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e2f9f18) out of 5 stars Nothing less than a miracle 11 Jan. 2010
By jive rhapsodist - Published on
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What happened in Lausanne on Jan 31, 1962? This is nothing less than one of Bud Powell's greatest performances. Yes, there are moments on some of those preserved Three Bosses (Powell, Pierre Michelot, Kenny Clarke) gigs where Bud plays with this kind of demonic intensity. But not consistently. Here, however, with an absolutely journeyman rhythm team, he turns in one masterpiece after another. Listen to the flow of invention on Billie's Bounce. OK, it's played nowhere nearly as fast as it would've been ten years earlier. But really, so what? It's scaled perfectly to what Bud is capable of in '62, and blows nearly every other Jazz pianist out of the water. This performance alone is great enough to change the received wisdom about Bud's later career. And, anyway, a few of the tracks are fast enough for anyone - All God's Children Got Rhythm is stunning. The swing is intense, and Bud seems to enjoy riffing more than he did in early years, to great effect.
I love that he quotes a large swath of Dizzy's solo on the original 1944 recording during Woody n'You - his musical memory was clearly intact. And his slightly labored chops on that track actually add to the poignancy of this performance - a little resistance gives something to the lyricism. Confirmation (Track 8) is just masterful. The weight and swing of Bud's touch are just so beyond what any of his disciples in the world of "Bop Piano" are capable of. The lines just SING. After a very moving performance of I Remember Clifford (Track 9), a piece which must have had particular weight for Powell, since his brother Richie was killed in the same car crash that took Clifford Brown's life, the rest of the concert is a little anticlimactic: Just One Of Those Things is a little phoned-in virtuosic and Evidence doesn't really address the composition - Monk's rereading of Just You, Just Me - preferring instead just to safely run the changes. After a lovely, relaxed performance of Pettiford's Blues In The Closet, the concert came to an end (or at least the recorded portion did). And I really hope the good people of Lausanne knew just how good it all was.
By Christian Reichle - Published on
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If you are a true Bud Powell Fan i suggest you buy this CD. The sound quality isn't the best but it's not as bad as some reviewers make it out to be. I wouldn't buy this album if your intention is to use it for transcrpitions or any kind of academic purpose. But if you just want to listen to Bud play a bunch of really good Bebop standards it's a really good album to get. Also "How High the Moon/Ornithology" is brilliant probably my favorite song on the album next to "All God's Children". It was my first Bud Powell album and i now have the Scene Changes and Time Waits and this album has yet to lose its speciality in my eyes. Also Chick Corea's linear notes are pretty cool.
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