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  1. You Talk a Little TrashBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Floogie BooBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Gotta Do Some War WorkBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. My Old FlameBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Sweet LorraineBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Echoes of HarlemBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Honeysuckle RoseBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Roll'EmBud Powell, Cootie Willams Sextet 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Smack MeBud Powell, Cootie Willams and His Orchestra 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Blue Garden BluesBud Powell, Frank Socolow's Duke Quintet 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Man I LoveBud Powell, Frank Socolow's Duke Quintet 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Reverse the ChargesBud Powell, Frank Socolow's Duke Quintet 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. September in the RainBud Powell, Dexter Gordon Quintet 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Long Tall DexterBud Powell, Dexter Gordon Quintet 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Dexter Rides AgainBud Powell, Dexter Gordon Quintet 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. I Can't Escape form YouBud Powell, Dexter Gordon Quintet 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Dexter Digs InBud Powell, Dexter Gordon Quintet 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. If You Could See Me NowBud Powell, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Webster, Leroy Harris, Leo Parker, Bud Powell, Ted Sturgis, Kenny Clarke 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. I Can Make You Love Me If You Let MeBud Powell, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Webster, Leroy Harris, Leo Parker, Bud Powell, Ted Sturgis, Kenny Clarke 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. You're Not the KindBud Powell, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Webster, Leroy Harris, Leo Parker, Bud Powell, Ted Sturgis, Kenny Clarke 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. My Kinda LoveBud Powell, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Webster, Leroy Harris, Leo Parker, Bud Powell, Ted Sturgis, Kenny Clarke 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Jay BirdBud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson's Be-boppers 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Jay Bird (Alternate Take)Bud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson's Be-boppers 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Coppin' the BopBud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson's Be-boppers 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Jay JayBud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson's Be-boppers 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Mad BebopBud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson's Be-boppers 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Bepbop in PastelBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Fool's FancyBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. BombayBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Ray's IdeaBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Serenade to a SquareBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. Good KickBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Seven UpBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
35. Blues in BebopBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
36. Boppin' a RiffBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
37. Fat BoyBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
38. Everything's CoolBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
39. Webb CityBud Powell, The Bebop Boys 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
40. I'll Remember AprilBud Powell Trio 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
41. IndianaBud Powell Trio 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
42. Somebody Loves MeBud Powell Trio 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
43. I Should CareBud Powell Trio 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
44. Bud's BubbleBud Powell Trio 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
45. Off MinorBud Powell Trio 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
46. Nice Work If You Can Get ItBud Powell Trio 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
47. Everything Happens to MeBud Powell Trio 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
48. Donna LeeBud Powell, Charlie Parker All Stars 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
49. Chasin' the BirdBud Powell, Charlie Parker All Stars 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
50. CherylBud Powell, Charlie Parker All Stars 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
51. BuzzyBud Powell, Charlie Parker All Stars 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
52. Tempus Fugue-ItBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
53. CeliaBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
54. CherokeeBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
55. I'll Keep Loving YouBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
56. Strictly ConfidentialBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
57. All God's Chillun Got RhythmBud Powell, Ray Brown, Max Roach 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
58. Bouncing With BudBud Powell's Modernists 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
59. WailBud Powell's Modernists 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
60. Dance of the InfidelsBud Powell's Modernists 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
61. 52nd Streeet ThemeBud Powell's Modernists 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
62. You Go to My HeadBud Powell Trio 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
63. OrnithologyBud Powell Trio 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
64. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (II)Bud's Blues, Sonny Stitt 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
65. Sonny SideBud Powell Quartet, Sonny Stitt 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
66. Buds' BluesBud Powell Quartet, Sonny Stitt 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
67. SunsetBud Powell Quartet, Sonny Stitt 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
68. Strike Up the BandBud Powell Quartet, Sonny Stitt 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
69. I Want to Be HappyBud Powell Quartet, Sonny Stitt 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
70. Taking a Chance on LoveBud Powell Quartet, Sony Stitt 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
71. Fine and DandyBud Powell Quartet, Sony Stitt 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
72. Fine and Dandy (Alternate Take)Bud Powell Quartet, Sony Stitt 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
73. So Sorry PleaseBud Powell Trio 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
74. Get HappyBud Powell Trio 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
75. Sometimes I'm HappyBud Powell Trio 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
76. Sweet Georgia BrownBud Powell Trio 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
77. YesterdaysBud Powell Trio 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
78. April in ParisBud Powell Trio 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
79. Body and SoulBud Powell Trio 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
80. 'Round MidnightCharlie Parker Quintet 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
81. The Street BeatCharlie Parker Quintet 9:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
82. Out of NowhereCharlie Parker Quintet 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
83. OrnithologyCharlie Parker Quintet 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
84. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker Quintet 8:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
85. HallelujahBud Powell, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
86. Tea for TwoBud Powell, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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As Bill Evans said "His insight and talent were unmatched in hard-core, true jazz". Bud Powell has also been described as being the most brilliant of bebop pianists, the only modern jazz musician who equalled the supersonic speed and creativity of Charlie Parker. Bud Powell's early years are documented on the 86 tracks in this 4 CD box set, the years during which he amazed fellow musicians as well as jazz fans, with dazzling bebop piano playing that laid the foundation of modern jazz piano. The full Bud Powell story is told within the pages of the 48 page booklet that also includes rare pictures and discography.


Tempus Fugue-It collects early Bud Powell 78s and shows just how important he was to the music's development. A native New Yorker, Powell started recording at the age of 19 with Cootie Williams's small group in January 1944. This collection follows him through his early sideman discs, first with Williams and then with young beboppers like JJ Johnson, Dexter Gordon and The BeBop Boys (a group including Sonny Stitt and Fats Navarro). Impressive and fluent though his work with these groups is, the revelations begin with his January 1947 recording debut as a leader of his own trio. This session occurs towards the end of disc two, with the final two sides kicking off disc three. Powell's intensity, fluency and freshness of idea are all overpowering, initiating the handful of years he enjoyed when his ideas and his ability to articulate them were at their peak. Discs three and four contain Powell's monumental first trio sessions for Norman Granz and his debut (with Navarro and Sonny Rollins) for Blue Note. They also cover the Prestige sides cut by a co-led quartet with Sonny Stitt and end with his famous July 1950 "Tea for Two" recording with Buddy Rich. --Keith Shadwick

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Amazing collection 9 Feb. 2002
By T. Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This boxed set is full of incredible gems by Powell with many other giants of jazz (Cootie Williams, Dexter Gordon, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stit, Fats Navarro, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, etc.). There are cuts on this collection, especially on CD#4, that are up there with the best piano playing I have ever heard (that from a listener, not a player). My collection includes many great piano players - Evans, Tatum, Hines, Wilson, Peterson, Tyner, Garner, Brubeck and many others, but listening to this cd along with the Blue Note Best of Bud Powell (which picks up where Tempus Fugue-It leaves off - acting as a fifth CD in the set) convinces me that Powell ranks with the very best.
I have noticed that some reviewers complain when the sound quality of old recordings is not very good (eg: Okeh Ellington - which is one of my favorites). I am no expert on modern digital sound magic, but I do know that the sound quality varies on this collection. Some cuts have fairly poor sound quality.
Also, I have found two errors on the set. One is on track 19, disc 1, where a fragment of the end of the song is left floating between tracks - an editing error. The other is the reverse listing (booklet and CD jacket) of the songs "Dance of the Infidels" and "52nd Street Theme" - tracks 15 and 16 on disc 4, which actually play in the order of 16 then 15.
However, despite the poor quality of a few of the cuts, and the minor errors, the music is so awesome, that it makes little difference to this listener. It is clearly a 5-star set!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Essential, affordable Bud Powell 15 Jun. 2007
By Paul Robertz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own almost 40 Bud Powell albums, and try to learn as many of his compositions as time permits. I have the Complete Bud Powell on Blue Note and on Verve, and even most of his Mythic Sounds LPs from France and New York in the early '60s. As much as I love late Bud Powell, I can state that this is the one box set to have if you're having only one. If you're interested in later Bud, get the complete Blue Note Box or find Live in Lausanne and Blues for Bouffemont. Proper presents a very informative booklet about Bud's brilliance and troubled career. This was issued right after British copyrights expired on Bud's first recordings for Vogue, Savoy, Blue Note, Prestige, and Verve expired there. Nothing after 1950 is included. Still, this contains his first recordings (with Cootie Williams) and all the sides that initially made Bud famous (Webb City, Off Minor, Indiana, Nice Work If You Can Get It, plus the Fats Navarro/Sonny Rollins sessions for Blue Note, early Dexter Gordon sessions, some collaborations with Charlie Parker, the Sonny Stitt/J.J. Johnson sessions for Prestige, and some of his first Verve classics).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Simply Amazing! 17 April 2003
By Daryl Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This box set of Bud Powell focuses on the early recordings from 1944-1950,displaying the great bebop pianist at the very height of his career.The box set includes four compact disc(86 recordings) and a very nice 48 page illustrated booklet.If you've never really heard this genius of a pianist, this is wonderful introduction to the man who in my opinion was equal to or dare I say better than charlie parker!Powells playing on this set is nothing short of incredible in its creative flow and spontaneity, a must have for any bebop connoisseur.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
re May 15, 1950 at Birdland 8 Mar. 2008
By upper lefthand corner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For all true jazz fans, the night of May 15, 1950 was one of the peaks of live music. (The box calls it June 30, but most evidence points to May 15th - see online discographies for the full discussion). But the personnel that night at Birdland was:
Charlie Parker, alto sax
Fats Navarro, trumpet
Bud Powell, piano
Curley Russell, bass
Art Blakey, drums
Live in New York, and Bud takes over the show - with five of the greatest piano solos ever recorded. Other songs were recorded that night and can be found on various other releases. But five of the best are on Disc 4 of this amazing box set.
An excellent introduction to Bud and his music 15 May 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This and Birdland 1953: The Complete Trio Recordings are two of my treasures. However, when asked by friends for material that would provide the best introduction to Bud's music this is what I recommend.

To put things into context, although I am a drummer, my favorite musicians are pianists and tenor saxophonists (go figure!) Among the pianists, Bud ranks up there in my personal top three with Thelonious Monk and Teddy Wilson. As such,I spend countless hours listening to Bud, and a collateral benefit is Kenny Clarke - his longtime drummer who occupies a lot of tracks - permeates my own rhythmic DNA. Actually, the strongest and most complex rhythms in this set come directly from Bud.

I am very fortunate to not only have this set and other Bud Powell recordings, but access to videos. With such a wealth of material, I still treasure this set and will continue to recommend it highly to anyone who is either interested in learning more about him, or is already a fan and does not have this set in their library.

UPDATE: This set has been superseded in my library by 8 Classic Albums. As much as I love this set, do check that one out too because it contains Bud Powell Trio (1947), The Amazing Bud Powell (1951), The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 (1953), Bud Powell Trio, Vol. 2 (1953), Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3 (1957), Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 4 (1958), Blues In The Closet (1958) and The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 5 (1959).
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