Bud Powell

One of my favorite pianists of the 1950s, and second only to Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell’s inventive style of bebop provided the blueprint for generations of jazzmen to follow.


  • Piano Solos (1950) A-
    • Not as good as the sequel, and not as good as Thelonious Monk, but Piano Solos #1 is another reason why Bud Powell should be given his due as one of the progenitors of modern jazz.
  • Strictly Powell (1957) B
    • By 1957, Bud Powell’s days as a trailblazing innovator were long past. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to hear him hammer away at the keys.
  • The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3 – Bud! (1957) B
    • The highlight is “Bud on Bach,” a lightning-fast baroque solo piece that recalls Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations. But when a classical piece is the highlight of a jazz album, you can’t expect much.
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