Classic Recordings: 1949-1956

Format: CD
Release Date: 11/4/2016
Label: Enlightenment
Style(s): Bebop
$17.99
Availability: In Stock
Overview

A leading figure in the development of bebop piano, the story of Bud Powell is as tragic as it is inspirational. A renowned composer who "greatly extended the range of jazz harmony", Powell's career was marred by a host of mental and physical problems that severely hampered his work as the years progressed. However, his contributions to jazz will forever be remembered with awe, and for the countless major players - including Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea - who cited him as an important influence, ensuring his legacy remains as potent as that of any of the jazz greats. Born in Harlem, New York on 27th September 1924. Powell's father, an accomplished stride pianist, enrolled Bud in classical lessons at the age of five, which led to him taking an interest in swing-era jazz by the time he reached ten. He began to mimic Fats Waller's playing style, performing at rent parties in the local area, before joining his elder brother, trumpeter William's, band at 15. It was around this time that he discovered the musician who would become his biggest influence, Art Tatum, and it was Tatum's virtuoso piano style that Powell strove to emulate. He began to visit many of New York's famous jazz clubs when still underage, to catch performances by Tatum, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. The latter musician took the young Powell under his wing, and presented him as his protégé at Uptown House, while also introducing him to the group of musicians that gathered at Milton's Playhouse - pioneering venues on the early bebop scene. This period would have a profound effect on both pianists, and Monk composed the piece 'In Walked Bud' in tribute to their time together. This four disc set brings together the complete early LPs that Bud Powell released as leader or co-leader. Containing eight full albums in total, this set provides a fitting introduction to the music of the brilliant albeit troubled pianist, who so profoundly influenced further generations of jazz players.

Tracks
1. Deep Night
Length: 03:45
2. That Old Black Magic
Length: 02:54
3. Round Midnight
Length: 05:08
4. Thou Swell
Length: 04:29
5. Like Someone in Love
Length: 02:00
6. Someone to Watch Over Me
Length: 02:33
7. Lover Come Back to Me
Length: 03:36
8. Tenderly
Length: 03:20
9. How High the Moon
Length: 04:23
10. Tempus Fugue - It
Length: 02:29
11. Celia
Length: 03:00
12. Cherokee
Length: 03:39
13. I'll Keep Loving You
Length: 02:43
14. Strictly Confidential
Length: 03:09
15. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
Length: 03:02
16. So Sorry Please
Length: 03:16
17. Get Happy
Length: 02:53
18. Sometimes I'm Happy
Length: 03:39
19. Sweet Georgia Brown
Length: 02:50
20. Yesterdays
Length: 02:52
21. April in Paris
Length: 03:10
22. Body and Soul
Length: 03:12
23. Un Poco Loco (Take 1)
Length: 03:49
24. Un Poco Loco (Take 2)
Length: 04:32
25. Un Poco Loco
Length: 04:46
26. Dance of the Infidels
Length: 02:54
27. 52nd Street Theme
Length: 02:50
28. It Could Happen to You (Alternate Master)
Length: 02:23
29. A Night in Tunisia
Length: 04:17
30. A Night in Tunisia (Alternate Master)
Length: 03:53
31. Wail
Length: 03:06
32. Ornithology
Length: 02:23
33. Bouncing with Bud
Length: 03:05
34. Parisian Thoroughfare
Length: 03:26
35. Reets and I
Length: 03:22
36. Autumn in New York
Length: 02:55
37. I Want to Be Happy
Length: 02:55
38. It Could Happen to You
Length: 03:17
39. Sure Thing
Length: 02:42
40. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Length: 04:44
41. Glass Enclosure
Length: 02:22
42. Collard Greens and Black - Eyed Peas
Length: 03:05
43. Over the Rainbow
Length: 02:59
44. Audrey
Length: 02:58
45. You Go to My Head
Length: 03:15
46. Ornithology (Alternate Take)
Length: 03:12
47. Parisian Thoroughfare
Length: 02:32
48. Oblivion
Length: 02:12
49. Dusk in Sandi
Length: 02:12
50. Hallucinations
Length: 02:29
51. The Fruit
Length: 03:21
52. Tea for Two
Length: 03:32
53. Hallelujah
Length: 03:02
54. The Last Time I Saw Paris
Length: 03:16
55. Just One of Those Things
Length: 03:54
56. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Length: 03:45
57. Moonlight in Vermont
Length: 03:38
58. Spring is Here
Length: 03:27
59. Buttercup
Length: 03:02
60. Fantasy in Blue
Length: 03:07
61. It Never Entered My Mind
Length: 02:59
62. A Foggy Day
Length: 03:48
63. Time Was
Length: 04:20
64. My Funny Valentine
Length: 02:56
65. I Get a Kick Out of You
Length: 04:26
66. You Go to My Head
Length: 04:11
67. The Best Things for You (Would Be Me)
Length: 02:41
68. Perdido
Length: 07:44
69. Salt Peanuts
Length: 07:41
70. All the Things You Are / 52nd Street Theme
Length: 07:52
71. Wee (Allen's Alley)
Length: 06:42
72. Hot House
Length: 08:38
73. A Night in Tunisia
Length: 07:37
74. Conception
Length: 03:33
75. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
Length: 03:52
76. Heart and Soul
Length: 03:15
77. Willow Grove
Length: 04:22
78. Crazy Rhythm
Length: 03:32
79. Willow Weep for Me
Length: 04:42
80. Bean and the Boys
Length: 05:11
81. Lady Bird
Length: 03:25
82. Stairway to Stars
Length: 04:57
Album Details
Disc Count: 4
Total Length: 303:05
UPC: 823564684727