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5.0 out of 5 stars True Jazz Genius, 24 Aug 2011
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ACB (swansea) - See all my reviews
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Another bargain collection from AVID. Bud Powell remains a landmark figurehead in musical legend. Despite the well-documented 'mental illness' problems, Bud managed to help reconfigurate jazz piano and more. Bill Evans described him as "unmatched in hard-core, true jazz".
GENIUS OF BUD POWELL: This is the album that shows the astonishing ability of the master pianist. Sessions from 1950/51 are examples of his keyboard skills at their peak. 'Parisienne thorofare' is quite beautiful. 'Oblivion' equally memorable. 'Dusk In Sandi' gorgeously haunting. Three takes of 'Tea For Two' apparently had Bud racing Buddy Rich for tempo. As someone who managed to keep pace with Charlie Parker I would not bet on the result. Up to the listener.
SWINGIN' WITH BUD: 1957 session with George Duvivier (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). Less sparkling than the 'Genius' sessions. Bud's touch delivers delightful figures to 'Oblivion' and the bop-blues 'Another Dozen'. 'Almost Like Being In Love', 'In The Blue of The Evening','Birdland Blues' again show the glimmers of the talent he undoubtedly was blessed with.
STRICTLY POWELL: 1956 release. Same personnel as 'Swingin'. More subdued, perhaps, and with sentimental nods to other pianists. Bud was once described as the 'thinking man's Tatum'. This is not in the least derogatory to another genius but complimentary to Bud and there are glimpses of Tatum in some of the numbers. Whatever was in Bud's mind whilst playing in these numbers should not detract from the brilliant interludes he shows. 'Coscrane' stands out.
PIANO INTERPRETATIONS: Outstanding piano. Cracking numbers with sublime stylistic performances taken with consumate skill. From 'Conception' to 'Stairway To The Stars', this is music to savour.
Bud Powell has left us with a large discography. This captures him at different phases of his career. A true virtuoso. Catch his other albums. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
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W. S. Doran (London UK) - See all my reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bud Powell, 13 Jan 2012
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James Somerville (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This compilation of albums traces the development of Powell's piano styles over the years from basically manic to subtlety. It illustrates perfectly his superb technique, and why it formed a datum line for many aspiring jazz pianists and other instrumentalists. Great value for very little money!
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