Bud Powell – The Classic Recordings: 1949-1956 (8 Original Albums On 4 CDS)


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Release Date:  2016

Label:  Enlightenment



Track List

Disc 1

  1. Deep Night
  2. That Old Black Magic
  3. Round Midnight
  4. Thou Swell
  5. Like Someone In Love
  6. Someone To Watch Over Me
  7. Lover Come Back To Me
  8. Tenderly
  9. How High The Moon
  10. Tempus Fugue – It
  11. Celia
  12. Cherokee
  13. I’ll Keep Loving You
  14. Strictly Confidential
  15. All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm
  16. So Sorry Please
  17. Get Happy
  18. Sometimes I’m Happy
  19. Sweet Georgia Brown
  20. Yesterdays
  21. April In Paris
  22. Body And Soul

Disc 2

  1. Un Poco Loco (1st Take)
  2. Un Poco Loco (2nd Take)
  3. Un Poco Loco
  4. Dance Of The Infidels
  5. 52nd Street Theme
  6. It Could Happen To You (Alternate Master)
  7. A Night In Tunisia
  8. A Night In Tunisia (Alternate Master)
  9. Wail
  10. Ornithology
  11. Bouncing With Bud
  12. Parisian Thoroughfare
  13. Reets And I
  14. Autumn In New York
  15. I Want To Be Happy
  16. It Could Happen To You
  17. Sure Thing
  18. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  19. Glass Enclosure
  20. Collard Greens And Black – Eyed Peas
  21. Over The Rainbow
  22. Audrey
  23. You Go To My Head
  24. Ornithology (Alternate Take)

Disc 3

  1. Parisian Thoroughfare
  2. Oblivion
  3. Dusk In Sandi
  4. Hallucinations
  5. The Fruit
  6. Tea For Two
  7. Hallelujah
  8. The Last Time I Saw Paris
  9. Just One Of Those Things
  10. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  11. Moonlight In Vermont
  12. Spring Is Here
  13. Buttercup
  14. Fantasy In Blue
  15. It Never Entered My Mind
  16. A Foggy Day
  17. Time Was
  18. My Funny Valentine
  19. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  20. You Go To My Head
  21. The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me)

Disc 4

  1. Perdido
  2. Salt Peanuts
  3. All The Things You Are/52nd Street Theme
  4. Wee (Allen’s Alley)
  5. Hot House
  6. A Night In Tunisia
  7. Conception
  8. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
  9. Heart And Soul
  10. Willow Grove
  11. Crazy Rhythm
  12. Willow Weep For Me
  13. Bean And The Boys
  14. Lady Bird
  15. Stairway To The Stars



A leading figure in the development of bebop piano, the story of Bud Powell is as tragic as it is inspirational. A renowned composer who “greatly extended the range of jazz harmony”, Powell’s career was marred by a host of mental and physical problems that severely hampered his work as the years progressed. However, his contributions to jazz will forever be remembered with awe, and for the countless major players – including Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea – who cited him as an important influence, ensuring his legacy remains as potent as that of any of the jazz greats. Born in Harlem, New York on 27th September 1924. Powell’s father, an accomplished stride pianist, enrolled Bud in classical lessons at the age of five, which led to him taking an interest in swing-era jazz by the time he reached ten. He began to mimic Fats Waller’s playing style, performing at rent parties in the local area, before joining his elder brother, trumpeter William’s, band at 15. It was around this time that he discovered the musician who would become his biggest influence, Art Tatum, and it was Tatum’s virtuoso piano style that Powell strove to emulate. He began to visit many of New York’s famous jazz clubs when still underage, to catch performances by Tatum, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. The latter musician took the young Powell under his wing, and presented him as his protégée at Uptown House, while also introducing him to the group of musicians that gathered at Milton’s Playhouse – pioneering venues on the early bebop scene. This period would have a profound effect on both pianists, and Monk composed the piece ‘In Walked Bud’ in tribute to their time together. This four disc set brings together the complete early LPs that Bud Powell released as leader or co-leader. Containing eight full albums in total, this set provides a fitting introduction to the music of the brilliant albeit troubled pianist, who so profoundly influenced further generations of jazz players.

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