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Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3: Bud!

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Bud Powell (piano); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

Producer: Alfred Lion.

Reissue producer: Michael Cuscana.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 3, 1957. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Bob Blumenthal.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This is part of Blue Note Records "Rudy Van Gelder Editions" series.

Bud Powell's playing in the late '50s (just prior to his move to Paris) found the troubled pianist in erratic form, often struggling to make it through songs he had written. However, his three Blue Note recordings from the era (which include the slightly later Time Waits and The Scene Changes) feature Powell in surprisingly inspired form; all of the releases have since been reissued on a comprehensive CD set. Bud! (which is subtitled The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3) has five trio performances with bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor (highlighted by "Bud on Bach" and "Some Soul") and three standards on which the group is joined by trombonist Curtis Fuller. This strong bop set is well worth getting. ~ Scott Yanow



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