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.
- Piano Solos #2 (1950) A
- The Amazing Bud Powell (1952) A
- Jazz at Massey Hall (1953, with The Quintet) A
- The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2 (1954) A-
- Bud Powell’s Moods (1956) A-
- Piano Interpretations (1956) B+