180 Gram Gatefold LP
Bud Powell (1924-1966) was one of the true geniuses of modern jazz piano. Along with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and a few others, Powell changed the conception of jazz in the mid-1940s, with the arrival of bebop. He experienced serious health problems throughout his life, and was committed to a mental hospital from late 1951 to early 1953. Following his release from the hospital, Powell’s playing began to be seriously affected by Largactil, a drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, and by the late Fifties his talent was clearly in eclipse. After a brief and fruitful period in Paris, he came back to the United States, where alcohol abuse led to his untimely death. The Genius of Bud Powell finds the pianist still in full control of his skills in a brilliant series of unaccompanied piano solos and trios.
1 PARISIAN THOROUGHFARE (Bud Powell) 2:30
2 OBLIVION (Bud Powell) 2:11
3 DUSKY ‘N’ SANDY (Bud Powell) 2:15
4 HALLUCINATIONS [BUDO] (Bud Powell) 2:27
5 THE FRUIT (Bud Powell) 3:19
6 SO SORRY PLEASE (Bud Powell) 3:17*
7 GET HAPPY (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler) 2:53*
8 SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY (Vincent Youmans-Leo Robin-Clifford Grey-Irving Caesar) 3:38*
9 SWEET GEORGIA BROWN (Ben Bernie-Kenneth Casey-Maceo Pinkard) 2:50*
1 TEA FOR TWO (Vincent Youmans-Irving Caesar) 3:29
2 HALLELUJAH (Vincent Youmans-Leo Robin-Clifford Grey) 2:59
3 THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II) 3:16
4 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS (Cole Porter) 3:52
5 A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE (Eric Maschwitz-Manning Sherman) 3:43
6 YESTERDAYS (Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach) 2:51*
7 APRIL IN PARIS (Vernon Duke-E.Y. Harburg) 3:10*
8 BODY AND SOUL (Johnny Green-Edward Heyman-Robert Sour-Frank Eyton) 3:20*
BUD POWELL, piano
RAY BROWN, bass (on B1-B2 only)
BUDDY RICH, drums (on B1-B2 only)
A1-A5 & B3-B5: Unaccompanied piano solos.
New York, February 1951.
B1-B2: New York, July 1, 1950.