CD Compact Jazz: Bud Powell (CD 6306356),
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Compact Jazz: Bud Powell

  • 1. Fantasy in Blue
    2. Buttercup
    3. Tempus Fugit
    4. When I Fall in Love
    5. Crazy Rhythm
    6. Salt Peanuts
    7. All the Things You Are
    8. Someone to Watch over Me
    9. Be-bop
    10. Yesterdays
    11. I Know That You Know
    12. Sweet Georgia Brown
    13. Blues in the Closet
    14. Lover, Come Back to Me
    15. Dance of the Infidels
    16. I'll Keep Loving You
    17. Dusk in Sandi
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 517955

  • Credits
    ProducerNorman Granz

    Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); George Duvivier, Ray Brown, Percy Heath, Lloyd Trotman, Curly Russell (bass); Art Taylor, Max Roach, Osie Johnson, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey (drums).
    Recorded between 1949 and 1956. Includes liner notes by Peter Pullman.
    Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Osie Johnson, Ray Brown , Art Blakey, Art Taylor (drums).
    Recording information: New York, NY (05/??/1949-09/13/1956).
    Photographer: Michael Ochs.
    As a budget sampler, this edition of the Compact Jazz series offers newcomers an attractive overview of Bud Powell's Verve material from 1949-1956. That said, the disc does include several cuts from Powell's less-than-stellar mid-'50s trio sessions, a time when mental illness and electroshock therapy had started to take its toll. And although there are a few sides from Powell's monumental 1949-1951 dates with drummer Max Roach and bassists Curly Russell and Ray Brown ("Tempus Fugit," "I'll Keep Loving You"), plus one solo number from the same period ("Dusk in Sandi"), the majority here is of variable quality. This is not to say there aren't any good performances to be found in the later cuts; but for fans looking into a quality introduction to Powell's Verve work, the label's two Jazz Giant discs would be the best place to start. ~ Stephen Cook

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