Birdland: 1953

Birdland: 1953

by Bud Powell


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For jazz fans who bought earlier, incomplete versions of these broadcasts either on Boris Rose's vinyls, the earlier ESP-Disk issue, or the many subsequent re-releases on Base, Fresh Sounds, Queen-disc, etc., this three-disc collection will come as a revelation. Taken from actual club tapes rather than radio tape checks or transcriptions, the sound here is drastically improved, as are pitch problems and personnel listings, thanks to compilation producer Michael Anderson, making it the most complete archive of Bud Powell's live recordings from 1953. Though the "Lullaby to Birdland" intro with announcer Bob Garrity is quite dodgy, virtually everything else here is worthwhile. For the uninitiated, these live dates, recorded at the famed Birdland club between February and September of 1953, were cut during the most active year in Powell's all too brief career. They follow almost immediately after his release from a series of mental institutions, but the prodigious gifts he displayed in the studio for Blue Note a few years earlier are undiminished. There is plenty of extra music on these cleaned-up tapes as well, with the great pianist playing in the company of rhythm sections that include Oscar Pettiford or Charles Mingus on bass, and either Art Taylor or Roy Haynes on drums. Five tracks on disc two showcase Charlie Parker sitting in (two with Candido on congas -- "Moose the Mooche" and "Cheryl"). On two more, Dizzy Gillespie joins the trio. While the sound quality on these sides is far from perfect, it's more than adequate and so much better than what we had originally. The booklet also includes an extended historical essay by Russ Musto. This set is well worth seeking out for any bop fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Esp Disk Ltd.
UPC: 0825481407328
catalogNumber: 4073
Rank: 78005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bud Powell   Primary Artist
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Charles Mingus   Bass
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Art Taylor   Drums
Candido   Conga
George Duvivier   Bass
Roy Haynes   Drums
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Curley Russell   Bass
Franklin Skeetes   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Russ Musto   Liner Notes
Clifford Grey   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Michael D. Anderson   Producer
John Birks Gillespie   Composer
Jonathan Granoff   Layout

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