Bud Powell is generally considered to be the most important
pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic
Gary Giddins, in Visions of Jazz, goes even further, saying
that "Powell will be recognized as one of the most
formidable creators of piano music in any time or idiom."
His first recordings were made in 1944, when he was a 20
year old pianist in the Cootie Williams Band, and his last
recordings were made in 1964 when he returned from
several years in Europe to play at Birdland.
Between those dates Bud Powell played with the greatest
jazz musicians of his generation including Charlie Parker,
Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon,
Charlie Mingus and Max Roach