Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bud Powell on RCA [Strictly Powell & Swingin' with Bud]

The immortal pianist Bud Powell's two RCA sets from 1956-1957 have been unjustly neglected through the years. Superior to his Verve releases from the time (although not on the same level as his Blue Note dates), Powell is in generally good form on this trio session with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Art Taylor. Highlights include "Like Someone in Love," "Salt Peanuts," "Shaw 'Nuff" and "Oblivion" (the latter is one of four Powell originals on the program). The set is not essential but is easily recommended to bop collectors.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Bud Powell
The Complete
Trio Sessions



1 There'll Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:42
2 Coscrane (Powell)  3:45
3 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  3:22
4 Blues for Bessie (Powell)  5:41
5 Time Was (Luna, Prado, Russell)  3:11
6 Topsy Turvy (Powell)  4:38
7 Lush Life (Strayhorn)  2:54
8 Elegy (Powell)  3:49
9 They Didn't Believe Me (Kern)  3:20
10 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  2:33
11 Jump City (Powell)  3:19
12 Another Dozen (Duvivier)  3:30
13 Like Someone in Love (VanHeusen, Vurke)  4:59
14 Salt Peanuts (Clarke, Gillespie)  2:24
15 She (Powell)  5:11
16 Swedish Pastry (Kessel)  3:19
17 Shaw Nuff (Gillespie, Parker)  3:18
18 Oblivion (Powell)  2:34
19 In the Blue of the Evening (Adair, D'Artega)  3:27
20 Get It (Powell)  3:08
21 Birdland Blues (Powell)  4:22
22 Midway (Powell)  3:08

Bud Powell -p
George Duvivier - b
Art Taylor - dr

Recorded in New York City ; October 5, 1956 [# 1-11] ; & February 11, 1957 [# 12-22]

Tracks # 1-11 from "Strictly Powell" (RCA Victor LPM-1423)
 Tracks # 12-22 from "Swingin' With Powell" (RCA Victor LPM-1507)

This release contains the complete original albums "Strictly Powell" and "Swingin’ with Bud," two of his last American releases prior to his departure to Europe in 1959. Both LPs showcase Powell in a trio format with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Art Taylor, who formed his regular trio at Birdland.

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LaroSwing said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

Otis Foster said...

thnx Mel

JD said...

Thanks mel - had half of this set already, but keen to hear the other album.

roberto t. said...

Infinite thanks! My LP's are exhausted for all the times I dropped the needle on There Will Never Be Another You and Like Someone In Love, Bud quite relaxed in these sessions but wonderful all the way.

marcusr said...

Thank you very much!

zero said...

Wonderful to have the entire set in digital format. Thanks a lot!

swamielmo said...

thank you mel. bud powell is a favorite of mine.

lucky5 said...

Thanks for the great Bud Powel.
Much appreciated!

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Muchisimas gracias for Bud!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Bud Powell.

Scoredaddy said...

great post, much appreciated

feelingofjaz said...

Thank you very much Mel...Bud was a fascination.

Philo said...

A real gem. I didn't have the Strictly Powell tracks.


Ricanstruction said...

This is sweet. thanks alot

cvllos said...

Thank you Melanchthon, for this rarity!

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

dS said...

thanks Mel. Listening all morning!

Kovina Kris said...

I didn't have either of these so I'm real happy to get them both. Thank you!

Bill said...

Both unknown to me. Thanks for these recordings Mel.

dominic said...

Thanks for posting! Bud was an incomparable genius and it's amazing to me that his style remains the benchmark for jazz pianists today. Like Bill Evans said: 'nobody could measure up to him.' I love his original compositions on Strictly Powell, Coscrane and Topsy Turvy in particular...

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Melanchthon!

neil said...

Had 'Strictly', but not 'Swingin' with Bud'; so many thanks, mel...

Angelo said...

Valeu, Mel!!!

Melanchthon said...

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the re-up somehow I misplaced these fine trio dates

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a great post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.