Born: September 27, 1924 | Died: July 31, 1966
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. The recordings he made for the forerunners of the Verve label and for Blue Note, as well as many lesser known labels, are among the greatest jazz recordings of all time....
My Blue Note Obsession
- The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop
- Wail: The Life of Bud Powell by Peter Pullman
- Dance of the Infidels: A Portrait of Bud Powell
- The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History And The Challenge of Bebop
- Bud Powell in Copenhagen by Chris Mosey