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The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 [Expanded] [Remaster]
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1. Bouncing With Bud

2. Wail

3. Dance Of The Infidels

4. 52nd Street Theme

5. You Go To My Head

6. Ornithology

7. Bouncing With Bud

8. Bouncing With Bud

9. Wail

10. Dance Of The Infidels

11. Ornithology

12. Un Poco Loco

13. Over The Rainbow

14. A Night In Tunisa

15. It Coul Happen To You

16. Parisian Thoroughfare

17. Un Poco Loco

18. Un Poco Loco

19. A Night In Tunisa

20. It Could Happen To You

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Fats Navarro
  • (trumpet); Tommy Potter, Curley Russell (bass); Roy Haynes, Max Roach (drums).
  • Producer: Alfred Lion.
  • Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
  • Recorded at WOR studios, New York, New York on August 8, 1949 and May 1, 1951. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
  • Digitally remastered by Rudy Van Gelder.
  • This is part of Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
  • Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Fats Navarro (trumpet); Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
  • Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
  • Recording information: WOR STudios, New York, NY (08/08/1949-05/01/1951).
  • Photographer: Francis Wolff.
  • The first eight of the 15 tracks on this Blue Note disc come from 1949; here Bud Powell is at the height of his powers, and the band--Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter, and Roy Haynes--plays with an easy authority. Three takes of "Bouncing with Bud" are included, but the master take is the best. Bud's solos are charged with struggle, light, and clarity. "Wail," an up-tempo original based on the "Rhythm" changes, demonstrates the intellectuality and grace of Bud's thought process. Listen to how the smooth inevitability of Fats Navarro's solo is seamlessly followed by a rhythmically incisive Powell.
  • Bud's presence is strong and compelling throughout. On "Dance of the Infidels," you can hear him vocalizing behind his solos, and his playing on the manic "52nd Street Theme" is respectfully Monk-like. On the ballad "You Go to My Head" (a trio tune), his touch is infused with a light, yearning quality. The recordings (the original sessions were produced by Alfred Lion) are rough enough to allow the listener to feel the excitement and grit, but every note and cymbal hit is audible and balanced.
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