Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Genius of Bud Powell

In 1951, Bud Powell was still at the height of his considerable powers. Included here are two sessions from that year : a trio with Ray Brown and Buddy Rich (three takes of "Tea for Two" and a super-fast "Hallelujah") and eight solo piano tunes from a different date. On "Tea for Two," Rich's drumming brings out the charming show-off in Powell, and on "Hallelujah," Powell plays with a hysterical clarity. "Oblivion" and "Hallucinations" are the most masterful of the eight solo cuts. Here Powell swings effortlessly and seems to be speaking his own, true language. The elegance of another era pervades the Gershwinesque "Parisian Thoroughfare" and "Dusk in Sandi." And one can imagine a young Bill Evans listening to "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and taking note of the rich, logical voicings coupled with a wonderful singing tone.

Source :

The Genius
Bud Powell


1 Tea for Two [take 5] (Caesar, Youmans)  3:28
2 Tea for Two [take 6] (Caesar, Youmans)  4:13
3 Tea for Two [take 10] (Caesar, Youmans)  3:47
4 Hallelujah (Grey, Robin, Youmans)  2:59
5 Parisian Thoroughfare song review (Powell)  2:28
6 Oblivion (Powell)  2:28
7 Dusk in Sandi (Powell)  2:13
8 Hallucinations (Powell)  2:25
9 The Fruit (Powell)  3:17
10 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Maschwitz, Sherwin)  3:41
11 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:50
12 The Last Time I Saw Paris (Hammerstein II, Kern)  3:16


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Bud Powell - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in New York ; July, 1950
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Bud Powell - p
Recorded in New York ; February, 1951


Luis said...

Merci. Bonne année et bonne santé!

Luis said...

I downloaded file #2 from 2 different sources but it always showed corrupt. Please check it from your side.

blbs said...

Maravilla! Have a Great 2015, Mel!

Fuerte Abrazo!!

lucky5 said...

I cannot open part 2

Melanchthon said...

Part 2

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

musician3 said...


BobSanders said...

I cannot seem to download the second link. I am getting a message saying the file cannot be found. Thanks for the first part though !


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all, Melanchthon. Happy New Year 2015 for you!

reincidente said...

Thanks Mel...

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, Mel!

Andrzej said...

Thanks for all, Melanchthon - absolutely great blob. All the best in the 2015'. But second link to file #2 still doesn't work.

Andrzej said..., of course....; sorry

JB said...

Could you reup the genius of Bud Powell please.Thanks for the music.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Fantastic! Thank you Mel

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the re-up!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel.

cvllos said...

Mel, just hearing Bud's interpretation on the marvelous "Oblivion", it's incredible the way his fingers - and mind - conducts the theme. Fabulous musician!!!

ProfessorCalculus said...


kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

I love the way Bud plays. What a talented guy. Thank you!