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Bud Powell: Eternity

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These solo piano sessions by Bud Powell were recorded between 1961 and 1964 in Paris at the home of his friend, Francis Paudras. The recordings, while made informally and never released, have preserved the sound and the spirit that the pianist espoused as a pioneer of bebop and as an influential force on many aspiring jazz artists. Like most dedicated pianists, Powell played out of a love for the music. Among the song titles, you'll recognize his grandchildren's names, as well as the name of a tuberculosis sanatorium where he received treatment. Ever expressive, he played the piano in the comfort of his friend's home with no strings attached. His performances stand informal and relaxed.

"I Hear Music" and "Shaw 'Nuff" swing with the driving bebop spirit that we recall from Powell's earlier collaborations. "Joshua's Blues," "Mary's Improvisation" and "Blues for Bouffémont," on the other hand, reveal a different side of the artist: his loving affection. Deep passion drove him on these introspective adventures. Similarly, slow and meaningful interpretations of "But Beautiful," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "'Round Midnight" offer proof of the pianist's deep love for his music.

Powell's voice can be heard clearly as he announces several songs and sings along in his unique manner. He enjoyed the creative spirit that drove him. The apex of his influence on aspiring bebop pianists was his blazing fast speed. With Eternity, we get to enjoy both his virtuosic displays and his compassionate musings—up close and personal.

Track Listing: Spring is Here; Shaw 'Nuff; A Night in Tunisia; Joshua's Blues; 'Round Midnight; I Hear Music; Someone to Watch Over Me; I'll Keep Loving You; Idaho; Blues for Bouff

Personnel: Bud Powell- piano.

Title: Eternity | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Piadrum Records

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