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The Amazing Bud Powell: Vol. 1 (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) [Original recording remastered]

Bud Powell, Bud Powell Trio Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005LANK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Bouncin' With Bud (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1998 Digital Remaster)Bud Powell 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wail (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dance Of The Infidels (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 52nd Street Theme (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You Go To My Head (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ornithology (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bouncin' With Bud (Alternate Take 1) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bouncin' With Bud (Alternate Take 2) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wail (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dance Of The Infidels (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ornithology (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Un Poco Loco (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Over The Rainbow (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Night In Tunisia (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. It Could Happen To You (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Parisian Thoroughfare (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell Trio 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Un Poco Loco (Alternate Take 1) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Un Poco Loco (Alternate Take 2) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Night In Tunisia (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell Trio 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It Could Happen To You (Alternate Take) (1998 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Bud Powell 2:220.99  Buy MP3 

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 of the motherlode 25 Nov 2008
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Bud Powell made quite a lot of recordings for a man who may never have entered a recording studio completely clean, sober and in an entirely sound mind, and among the most consistently brilliant recordings he made were the ones he made for Blue Note around the start of his career.

He was undoubtedly one of the great and tragic figures of modern jazz. Born into a musical family, he was a child prodigy who was playing Bach and Mozart at an early age. He started playing jazz in his teens and his speed, power and precision were formidable. He learned much from his great contemporary Thelonious Monk but their styles as players were very different; Monk's style was a unique tool which drew on stride piano and his own utterly individual style as a composer, but Powell, it was often said, could play anything. Powell watched horn players such as Parker, Gillespie and Davis and, it was said, came to the conclusion that the piano was a superior instrument because piano players didn't need to draw a breath. He developed a style of playing very long, intricate and flowing runs with his right hand. When he's on form, as he is on this recording, listening to him is one of the most exhilarating experiences I know.

Powell's early period of youthful confidence was cut short when he received a severe beating at the hands of the police. That happened before he ever made a recording as a leader, so we may never know what he was like before his troubles began in earnest. He later suffered from alcoholism and severe psychological problems and was repeatedly hospitalised. He died in 1966. Almost all his recordings are worth listening to, but on some of the later ones his playing is sluggish and uncertain and sometimes it falls apart completely, making for painful listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent beauty 2 Jun 2001
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One of the shallowest things that could be said about Bud Powell is that he was a bop pianist, and yet this is how he is most frequently described. Almost certainly this is because of his celebrated association with Bird and Diz, and because of his chronological place in jazz history. But the label gives a very limited picture of a composer and pianist of unusual vision and originality.
Powell suffered from severe mental health problems, and many of his explorations on piano are profound reflections of his innermost turmoil - "Glass Enclosure", "Parisian Thoroughfare", "Dance of the Infidels" and "Un Poco Loco" are prime examples not just of this, but of his compositional breadth and complexity. Perhaps more remarkable, however, are his highly unorthodox interpretations of the bop classics, "A Night in Tunisia" and "Ornithology", both of which he had performed with Bird and Diz.
This volume and its companion, Volume 2, document Bud Powell in a number of settings, and offer alternative takes of several pieces. Rarely are alternative takes so interesting. Powell never quite approached a piece the same way, almost as if, like Eric Dolphy after him, he felt that the moment was lost in the air and it was vital to capture everything the music could express. Recently labels have taken to searching their vaults for previously discarded takes and boost the playing time of CDs by including them on re-releases. Sometimes these extras offer revelations, but more often they add little of value to an artist's legacy. However, the "alternate master" takes on these Blue Notes are essential in themselves to gaining an insight into Powell's turbulent spirit. The invited artists are no less fascinating. In particular, look out for a very young and brilliant Sonny Rollins on one of his earliest appearances on record, and the incredible electrifying trumpet playing of Fats Navarro.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Leave the Original Alone 15 July 2007
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First of, there are three exceptional tracks here - Un Poco Loco, Night in Tunesia & Dance of Infidels. Bouncing With Bud is pretty good too. However, We are then given the dubious pleasure of not one, but two alternative takes of the latter (back to back I might add) There are also alternative takes of Wail, Dance of the Infidels, It Could Happen To You, A Night In Tunesia & Un Poco Loco! This is infuriating, partly because these alternatate takes hardly differ from the the original (in fact takes were blended together to make the original tracks) So you have to wonder, why wasn't this done here? If you must give us alternative takes; but them at the end of CD, so we can hear the original album how it was intended by the artist. Hands off and use some imagination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, and Quite Possibly Divine 20 May 2005
By Samuel Chell - Published on
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If you plan to invest in the complete "Amazing" series, then this is the place to start. Bud is the matrix of modern jazz piano, the Bird of the piano, the reason pianists began to speak about "blowing piano" rather than "playing" it.

On the other hand, if this is going to be your only disc representing Powell's inarguable genius, you may wish to consider a representative anthology. "The Definitive" and "The Ultimate Bud Powell" (compiled by Chic Corea) are both worthy collections, but the best bet is still the oop "The Best of Bud Powell: The Blue Note Years." Once you hear "Bud on Bach" you'll have a better understanding of the sublime baroque design of Bud's inventiveness at its apex.

I hesitate to suggest why Powell is so important--especially after reviewing another Powell recording and being chastized by subsequent reviewers for stopping short of complete idolatry of every aspect of his playing (maybe I'm monotheistic--jazz has traditionally recognized Art Tatum as the "God in the House"). Without commenting on his harmonic progressions and left-hand voicings, I feel safe in making the following claim: no pianist's right hand has combined such a lightning-fast, limitless melodic imagination with an equally impressive, dazzling yet flowing, rhythmic complexity. To listen to the brilliance of the playing on "Parisian Thoroughfare," only to have the self-critical Powell stop mid-stream and instruct the engineers to "cut it," is a supremely insightful moment into the mind of a superior creative being.

If the above is controversial because it's insufficient in its praise, I'm cheered that there are still listeners who care enough about Bud to insist on his deification. His music is certainly deserving of continued respect if not reverence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic quintet-but not the place to start 20 July 2002
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The quintet session is so immortal and lavished with analysis, none is necessary here. In spite of the almost universal thought that this is "it"---the ultimate Powell recording that exemplies the artist, I say, think again. His entire career, and the myriad of periods and changes in his style, should be appreciated. As a lifelong Powell collector and student, I strongly recommend first-timers to Powell to start with the early Verve, Roost and Blue Note trios before coming around to this magnificent set, which includes the quintets as well as the handful of trio numbers such as "You Go to My Head" (one of Powell's greatest ballad recordings). ("The Complete 1947-1951 Blue Note, Verve and Roost" is a box set that captures most of his finest work.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bop Classic 26 Oct 2003
By R. J. Marsella - Published on
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This recording demonstrates the truly amazing talent that Bud Powell had both as an improvisor and as a composer of classic jazz standards. He is accompanied by a fine band featuring a young Sonny Rollins and the incredible Fats Navarro on trumpet. The ensemble playing is excellent with breakneck tempos and complex rhythmic changes. On Un Poco Loco Powell plays off of Max Roach's latin tinged drumming in a duet that by itself would be worth the price of this CD. Roach is always amazing but this tune is one I can listen to again and again. This CD deserves a place in any jazz collection. A true master at the height of his powers accompanied by great musicians on their way to becoming legends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 sides of Bud. 5 Jan 2005
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on
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Tracks 1 - 11: Fats Navarro - trumpet, Sonny Rollins - tenor sax, Bud Powell - piano, Tommy Potter - bass, Roy Haynes - drums. Recorded in 1949.

Tracks 12 - 20: Bud Powell - piano, Curley Russell - bass, Max Roach - drums. Recorded in 1951.

What can really be said about this album? It's almost easier to write about bad music than it is about great music. The whole higher purpose of music (with or without lyrics) is to express that which words cannot do justice, so how can anyone truly do any justice to great music by talking about it? I can't, but I try... if only for the sake of helping other people buy (or not) this or that disc.

Bud and friends are absolutely killin here! One the one hand, the larger band tracks have a certain lovelyness to them simply because everyone shines. Having Fats and Sonny there adds a whole different feel to the music, and more variety. You know there is a whole lot of melody going on with Fats and Sonny there! Of course there is also something to be said for the lean trio format of the later tracks. Being the featured soloist, Bud has more time and room to work with and stretch out, and he certainly knew how to make the most of it. This trio is brilliant, to put it bluntly.

On a later disc like Time Waits, Bud is a little off. Not off-off, really, but more like... Ragged but Right. He could still do it, but you can tell he was having to work for it. Here though, on Amazing Powell Volume 1... it doesn't sound like he's working for anything. He just has it. All of it. It's just flowing out of him like sweat.

Bud was a brilliant musician and it's dripping out of him on this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of geniuses for a bebop masterpiece 10 Nov 2001
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on
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More than fifty years have passed since this incredible music was waxed.I can't believe it.The first session (Aug.8,1949) includes Fats Navarro on trumpet,a very young Sonny Rollins on tenor sax,Tommy Potter on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums."Fat Girl" has great choruses on trumpet,and the twenty years old Rollins shows that he'll soon be the boss.Bud's tunes are bop's classics now ("wail","bouncing with Bud","dance of the infidels").But the quintet also plays Bird ("ornithology"),Monk ("52nd Street theme") and a magnificent standard ("you go to my head" ).The second session (May 1,1951) is a trio with Curley Russell and Max Roach. Again,a bunch of masterpieces: JImmy Van Heusen's "it could happen to you",Dizzy's "night in Tunisia",Howard Arlen's "over the rainbow", Bud's "parisian thoroughfare" and "un poco loco".Make no mistake,this cd contains some of the greatest stuff ever recorded .THis is bop at its highest level,and listening to it makes me feel like jumping to Tadd Dameron's music.Rudy Van Gelder's remastering of these tracks is great, and for the first time, the tunes appear in the order of the recording sessions.There are nine alternate tracks in this cd. Don't miss this reissue.
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