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Don Byas/Bud Powell: A Tribute to Cannonball

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Bud Powell (piano); Cannonball Adderley, Don Byas (saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Pierre Michelot (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums).

Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Recorded in Paris, France in December 1961. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Tributee: Cannonball Adderley.

Not released until 1979, and then under tenor saxophonist Don Byas' name, this 1997 CD reissue has pianist Bud Powell listed first as a co-leader with Byas. In any case, the music (produced by Cannonball Adderley, but certainly not a tribute to him) features Byas and Powell in a quintet with trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke. Other than two Pierre Micehelot songs, including two versions of "Jackie My Little Cat," athe repertoire is filled with bebop standards such as "Good Bait," a memorable "Jeannine" and "Just One of Those Things." Both Byas (who had hardly recorded since 1955) and the erratic Powell are heard in superior form. A previously unheard alternate take of "Cherokee" (which is missing its very beginning) has a real surprise in a solo by the producer -- apparently, altoist Adderley could not resist the opportunity to jam with Byas and Powell. ~ Scott Yanow


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