Thursday, August 18, 2016

Piano Interpretations by Bud Powell ('54)

According to Billy Taylor, a fine pianist himself, writing in The Saturday Review not long ago, "The Bud Powell influence is... one of the most commonly encountered ones in Modern jazz piano..." What one is to deduce from this is, simply, that modern pianists have not at all disowned the perennial source, Art Tatum, but instead have added to the well-spring, as it were. As a very predictable result, the piano you hear today is generally of a high order, derivative as it may sometimes be.
In this album, to cite examples, Powell takes a Georges Shearing original dating back nearly a decade, "Conception" and for all of Shearing's brilliance with the song Powell gives it a fresh, invigorating interpretation with an intriguing pattern of ideas. Probably the one characteristic of Powell's piano that is so obvious is its subtlety and is generally most discernible in the standards since any deviation is easier to spot. "Stairway to the Stars", for instance, is not often heard as a jazz vehicle but here it serves well for Powell's meandering style with its oddly placed rhythms and constructions. Lest Bud Powell be thought of as merely a gentle mood merchant he can also swing a vengeance - as in, just to cite one, "Crazy Rhythm"...
From the Sleeve (1954)

Piano Interpretations
by
Bud Powell

Tracks

1 Conception (Shearing)  3:36
2 East of the Sun (Bowman)  3:55
3 Heart and Soul (Carmichael, Loesser)  3:18
4 Willow Groove (Powell)  4:25
5 Crazy Rhythm (Meyer, Kahn, Caesar)  3:35
6 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  4:43
7 Bean and the Boys (Hawkins)  5:13
8 Lady Bird (Dameron)  4:44
9 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  4:54

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

Recorded at Fine Sound Studios, New York City ; April 25, 1954

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/bud-powell/discography/

28 comments:

danair said...

Thanks Mel great post.

CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful... thank you!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Another goodie, Thanks

zero said...

A really choice post. Thanks very much.

fcapeau said...

And one more from the Godfather (can say FatherGod) of so many modern pianists. Many thanks, Mel.

RMSJMaipo said...

Hi, Mel. I wasn't lucky. Lix.in couldn't find the file in New Rapidshare (a brand new interface). Do you know why? Thanks in advance.

daniel genovese said...

Link don't work.
Could re-up,please?

Melanchthon said...

I Will

RMSJMaipo said...

Hey, Mel. New RS is turning chaotic and extremely slow all downloads without accelerators. Will you remain working with RS?.

FrankDell said...

Thanks for the re-up Mel.

RMSJMaipo said...

Thanks, Mel, for the re-up. New Rapidshare is working very fast now (?). I don´t understand any....

jbl said...

I decided to wait until the situation cleared up. The new Rapidshare interface is amazing. Hope it will last. Thanks Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel! A very nice album and I love the David Stone Martin artwork. This is my first time using RS since the changes and I have to say that I'm happy that the speed has increased for non-premium downloads. Hopefully that will continue. Thank you again for all you do!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you, Mel.
RS is going better (for now)

Frasco said...

Superb, fantastique Melanchthon!

deGallo said...

Superb. Thank you.

Mike said...

C'est si bon!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel. Gotta love Powell.

Terry said...

Another great re-up; thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

NICE ALBUM!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

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Rodney said...

Thank you Mel

musician3 said...

AMAZING...................................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel!!!

Anonymous said...

Correct date April 25-27, 1955

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Otis Foster said...

Don't know how I missed this release - thnx melanchthon