Bud Powell: The Definitive Bud Powell (1947-53) 2002

The Definitive Bud Powell

Track list:

01. Bud’s Bubble
02. Tempus Fugit
03. Celia
04. Cherokee
05. I’ll Keep Loving You
06. Bouncing With Bud
07. Dance of the Infidels
08. Parisian Thoroughfare
09. Dusk in Sandi
10. Hallucinations
11. Un Poco Loco
12. Glass Enclosure
13. Autumn in New York


Bud Powell – piano;
Sonny Rollins – tenor sax (#6,7);
Fats Navarro – trumpet (#6,7);
Curly Russell – bass (#1,11,13);
Ray Brown – bass (#2-4);
Tommy Potter – bass (#6,7);
George Duvivier – bass (#12);
Max Roach – drums (#1-4,11,13);
Roy Haynes – drums (#6,7);
Arthur Taylor – drums (#12)

Recording Dates (all New York City:
#1: January 10, 1947
#2-5: February 23, 1949
#6,7: August 8, 1949
#8-10: February, 1951
#11,13: May 1, 1951
#12: August 14, 1953

Released: 2002
Label: Blue Note

Original Recording Produced by:
Norma Granz (#2-5,8-10);
Alfred Lion (#6,7,11-13)

The Definitive Bud Powell (2002):
Selection & Sequencing: Richard Seidel / Michael Cuscuna
Mastering: Kurt Lundvall
Creative Direction: Gordon Jee / Hollis King
Design: Tolleson design
Production Supervision: Mantis Evar / Bryan Koniarz
Production Assistance: Mark Smith / Daniel Zaccagnino
Executive Producer: Michael Cuscuna / Ken Druker / Tom Evered / Richard Seidel

Liner Notes (2002): Peter Pullman



Bud Powell changed the way that the piano is played in jazz, virtually inventing bebop-style piano.

This sampler draws its music from his Blue Note sessions of 1947-1953, some of his finest recordings.

Actually, with the exception of 1947’s “Bud’s Bubble” and “Glass Enclosure” from 1953, the music is all from 1949 or 1951.

Three selections (including “Tempus Fugit” and “Celia”) are played with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Max Roach, there are three unaccompanied piano solos from 1951 (including “Parisian Thoroughfare” and “Hallucinations”), and trio versions of “Un Poco Loco” and “Autumn in New York.”

Most exciting are meetings with trumpeter Fats Navarro and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins on “Dance of the Infidels” and “Bouncing With Bud.”

Overall this is a fine (if brief) one-CD sampling of Bud Powell at his prime, although most jazz collectors will prefer to acquire the pianist’s complete sessions.
~Scott Yanow[]