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A Tribute to Cannonball

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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000B795
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is one of my favourite jazz albums, and it's a shame it isn't widely available - Bud Powell was past his best by 1961, but Don Byas is marvellous. However, the tracklisting above is for Bud Powell's "A Portrait of Thelonious", recorded at the same sessions. Which is also a good album, but without Byas.
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Cannonball Adderley produced this fascinating quartet/quintet session which was co-led by the great bop pianist Bud Powell and the underappreciated swing/bop tenorist Don Byas. It was recorded in Paris on December 15, 1961 but for some inexplicable reason not released until 1979 with the misleading title of 'A Tribute to Cannonball'. Bud Powell & Don Byas(who had not recorded since 1955) are in superb form with trumpeter Idrees Suliemann playing on four tracks plus French bassist, Pierre Michelot and American expatriate, Kenny Clarke on drums. Producer, Cannonball Adderley takes an alto solo on a bonus version of 'Cherokee'.
This marvellous jazz album deserves to be more widely known and is definitely worth seeking out.
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HASH(0x9e79ad8c) out of 5 stars Emphatically disagree with the below. A superb session. 2 Aug. 2002
By Firebrand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When studying the universe of Bud Powell recordings, it is crucial to not only understand the evolution of his style (clear early, middle and late periods, each of which was distinctive and marked genuine MUSICAL GROWTH---the overhyped "health" and "alcohol" issues notwithstanding), "Tribute to Cannonball" undoubtedly stands out as a superior late period recording in which Bud was INSPIRED, ENERGETIC and NEARLY FLAWLESS---close to peak form. In the final years, Powell also reached this level on "Paris Jam Session" with the Art Blakey Quintet. The fact that he was surrounded by musicians with which he enjoyed rapport is obvious. Key in on Bud's comping as well as his soloing. He is magnificent here. STRONGEST RECOMMENDATION.
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HASH(0x9eb17474) out of 5 stars Inspired late period Powell 11 July 2001
By Firebrand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those fortunate enough to own this recording, in any form, should be thankful. It is a classic. Produced by Cannonball Adderley and recorded during Bud Powell's 1960s stay in Europe, it chronicles one of Powell's crispest and most lively sessions, with one of the tightest groups he played with in that decade. And what a quintet. Don Byas, the master tenor bridging swing and bop styles. Master drummer Kenny Clarke, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Pierre Michelot on bass. Powell is "on", blazing on "Cherokee" and "Just One of Those Things". The treatment of "I Remember Clifford" is heartfelt and poignant. The swinging "Good Bait" catches Powell in an especially great mood.
HASH(0x9e92c024) out of 5 stars Evidence of Bud's incredible powers as late as 1961 21 July 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For some reason it is almost axiomatic that Bud's playing declined after the early 1950s - this album shows that to be false. A simple run through the sound samples on this page is evidence that Bud 'still had it' as late as 1961. Perhaps not as consistently as in the earlier days, but here he is still not only the virtuoso pianist he once was, but also the musical genius.

What I love about this album is the line-up. First there is the dream team rhythm section: Bud on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and one of my idols, Kenny Clarke, on drums. Don Byas' gorgeous tone on tenor saxophone is one of the reason I purchased this album. He is perfect with Cannonball Adderley's alto sax, and I also love Idrees Sulieman's trumpet on tracks 5 and 8. To my ears the listening experience is not only superb, but one of those rare occasions when everything seems to align and magic happens.

The session that produced these gems was in the Studio Charlot in Paris, France on December 15, 1961. Every track and take recorded that day is included in this album, so in a way this is also a snapshot of a point in time when folks like Bud and Don Byas walked the Earth.

If you are as interested in Don Byas as you are in Bud Powell you may want to consider this compilation before making a final purchase decision: Essential Jazz Masters. It contains all of the tracks on this album, plus many more (a number of which also include Bud.)
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HASH(0x9eb67af8) out of 5 stars I would love to love this album 26 Nov. 2001
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All Powell fans wish they could have him in great sound. This CD offers great sound, but it simply does not offer great Powell. Of the two sessions recorded for Columbia, the Monk tribute is slightly stronger as it at least gives Powell enough time to articulate his thoughts since he doesn't share solo time with brass, but even that CD is maybe a "3" star recording for me. Unfortunately, the last 5 star Powell recording was back in 1953.
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