They used to call him "The Amazing Bud Powell" and he lived up to his name. His power at the piano brought him to the same level of intensity as the hornmen with whom he often played. Among the modernists of the Forties, he was considered to be on the same level with Charlie Parker.
These trio selection are taken from these sources: the same Massey Hall concert of May 1953 which featured Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach; a summer 1953 session recorded in New York; a nightclub gig with George Duvivier and Arthur Taylor from the same period. The inclusion of bonus tracks brings the CD total time to twice that of the original release.
Whether it is the exhilaration of his incredible tempos of "Jubilee" and "Cherokee" or the thick romanticism of "My Devotion" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," Powell is the keyboard master who influenced an entire generation of pianists and other instrumentalists as well.
with Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Billy Taylor, George Duvivier, Arthur Taylor