Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961

Performers Bud Powell

ESP-Disk | September 4, 2007 | Compact Disc

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After bop pianist Bud Powell died in 1966, ESP-Disk Records kept his name alive with a series of archival live recordings curated from the personal collection of his wife, Buttercup Powell. Unlike their higher-profile Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker series, which were of unfortunately varying (and quite often very low) quality, the Bud Powell sessions are uniformly fine, with the excellent Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 a particular standout. Working in a trio format with local bassist Pierre Michelot and former Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Kenny Clarke, Powell stretches out on a set that's half evergreen standards (a rollicking "There Will Never Be Another You" opens the set) and half songs written or co-written by his friend and mentor Thelonious Monk. Although Powell's performances during this period were occasionally erratic owing to his sometimes precarious mental state, the pianist sounds relaxed and even playful on these eight tracks, investing his solos on Monk showcases like "'Round Midnight" with a lightness of touch that matches Clarke's fleet, flashy drumming. It's not one of Powell's most essential recordings, but Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 shows the pianist in a comfortable setting in front of an appreciative crowd. ~ Stewart Mason

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 4, 2007

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1961

Label Name: ESP-Disk

UPC: 825481040365

Found in: Bebop

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Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961

Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961

Performers Bud Powell
Engineer Alan Douglas

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 4, 2007

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1961

Label Name: ESP-Disk

UPC: 825481040365


Title Track Time
1.Groovin' High --
2.Taking a Chance On Love --
3.Bud's Blues --
4.52nd Street Theme --
5.There Will Never Be Another You --
6.Thelonious --
7.'Round Midnight --
8.Night In Tunisia, A --
9.Monk's Hood --
10.Shawnuff --
11.Lover Man --
12.52nd Street --

Editorial Notes

After bop pianist Bud Powell died in 1966, ESP-Disk Records kept his name alive with a series of archival live recordings curated from the personal collection of his wife, Buttercup Powell. Unlike their higher-profile Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker series, which were of unfortunately varying (and quite often very low) quality, the Bud Powell sessions are uniformly fine, with the excellent Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 a particular standout. Working in a trio format with local bassist Pierre Michelot and former Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Kenny Clarke, Powell stretches out on a set that's half evergreen standards (a rollicking "There Will Never Be Another You" opens the set) and half songs written or co-written by his friend and mentor Thelonious Monk. Although Powell's performances during this period were occasionally erratic owing to his sometimes precarious mental state, the pianist sounds relaxed and even playful on these eight tracks, investing his solos on Monk showcases like "'Round Midnight" with a lightness of touch that matches Clarke's fleet, flashy drumming. It's not one of Powell's most essential recordings, but Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 shows the pianist in a comfortable setting in front of an appreciative crowd. ~ Stewart Mason
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