The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2
Artist: Bud Powell
Compared to, say, Volume One, the songs on the sequel are a bit more frantic — something seems to be slightly off. “Autumn in New York” opens the LP with serene beauty, but the six songs that follow are erratic in nature, especially when compared to the fluidity of Powell’s previous work. It isn’t until the final song that Powell reaffirms his position as one of the preeminent jazz masters of the era: “Glass Enclosure” is unquestionably Powell’s greatest achievement, a harrowing fantasia that reflects the composer’s own madness.
Thelonious Monk Trio
Artist: Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk leads bassist Gerry Mapp and drummers Max Roach and Art Blakey on this cozy set of future standards. Monk’s dissonant, slightly off-kilter chord progressions are warm and welcoming despite their occasional harsh atonality.