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Dance of the Infidels: A Portrait of Bud Powell

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Powell's story and those of Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
1897 - 1959
sax, soprano
, Kenny Clarke
Kenny Clarke
Kenny Clarke
1914 - 1985
drums
, Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Don Byas
Don Byas
Don Byas
1912 - 1972
sax, tenor
, Lucky Thompson
Lucky Thompson
Lucky Thompson
1924 - 2005
saxophone
and Johnny Griffin
Johnny Griffin
Johnny Griffin
1928 - 2008
sax, tenor
are similar and crucial to our understanding of jazz history and the events that made that history. Paudras' account is one that while flawed by a personal myopia nevertheless provides a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding one of America's most talented musicians and how little that talent counted in the end and how much it counted to Paudras at the same time. My only quibble is that a (close to definitive) discography, with ratings, was not provided as had been in the Chet Baker biographies: Jeroen de Valk's Chet Baker: His Life and Music (Berkeley Hills Books, 2000), James Gavin's Deep In A Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker (Knopf, 2002) and Matthew Ruddick's superb Funny Valentine: The Story of Chet Baker (Melrose Books, 2012).

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