Birdland 1953

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Esp Disk Ltd.
  • UPC: 825481407328
  • Catalog Number: 4073
  • Sales rank: 16,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme: Lullaby of Birdland/Announcer Introduction - Bud Powell Trio (0:50)
  2. 2 Tea for Two - Bud Powell Trio (5:38)
  3. 3 It Could Happen to You - Bud Powell Trio (3:34)
  4. 4 Bean and the Boys - Bud Powell Trio (6:58)
  5. 5 Theme: Lullaby of Birdland - Bud Powell Trio (2:56)
  6. 6 I Want to Be Happy - Bud Powell Trio (3:31)
  7. 7 Embraceable You - Bud Powell Trio (4:15)
  8. 8 I've Got You Under My Skin - Bud Powell Trio (2:43)
  9. 9 Ornithology - Bud Powell Trio (2:59)
  10. 10 Theme: Lullaby of Birdland - Bud Powell Trio (0:46)
  11. 11 Theme: Lullaby of Birdland - Bud Powell Trio (1:45)
  12. 12 Hallelujah! - Bud Powell Trio (2:50)
  13. 13 I've Got You Under My Skin - Bud Powell Trio (2:43)
  14. 14 Embraceable You - Bud Powell Trio (4:37)
  15. 15 How High the Moon/Ornithology - Bud Powell Trio (3:00)
  16. 16 Budo - Bud Powell Trio (2:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want to Be Happy - Bud Powell Trio (3:11)
  2. 2 I've Got You Under My Skin - Bud Powell Trio (2:34)
  3. 3 Sure Thing - Bud Powell Trio (2:04)
  4. 4 Embraceable You - Bud Powell Trio (3:36)
  5. 5 Woody'n You - Bud Powell Trio (2:58)
  6. 6 Salt Peanuts - Bud Powell Trio (4:21)
  7. 7 Theme: Lullaby of Birdland - Bud Powell Trio (1:15)
  8. 8 Woody'n You - Bud Powell Trio (6:27)
  9. 9 Salt Peanuts - Bud Powell Trio (3:25)
  10. 10 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (5:30)
  11. 11 I've Got You Under My Skin - Bud Powell Trio (2:38)
  12. 12 Autumn in New York - Bud Powell Trio (2:12)
  13. 13 I Want to Be Happy - Bud Powell Trio (4:23)
  14. 14 Moose the Mooche - Bud Powell Trio (5:01)
  15. 15 Cheryl - Bud Powell Trio (7:04)
  16. 16 Budo - Bud Powell Trio (3:03)
  17. 17 My Heart Stood Still - Bud Powell Trio (3:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (4:07)
  2. 2 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (4:51)
  3. 3 Un Poco Loco - Bud Powell Trio (4:24)
  4. 4 Parisian Thoroughfare - Bud Powell Trio (2:58)
  5. 5 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (2:57)
  6. 6 Glass Enclosure - Bud Powell Trio (2:25)
  7. 7 My Heart Stood Still - Bud Powell Trio (2:45)
  8. 8 Parisian Thoroughfare - Bud Powell Trio (3:20)
  9. 9 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (2:41)
  10. 10 Un Poco Loco - Bud Powell Trio (3:31)
  11. 11 Oblivion - Bud Powell Trio (2:40)
  12. 12 Parisian Thoroughfare - Bud Powell Trio (3:55)
  13. 13 Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell Trio (3:05)
  14. 14 Embraceable You - Bud Powell Trio (4:14)
  15. 15 Un Poco Loco - Bud Powell Trio (4:02)
  16. 16 Oblivion - Bud Powell Trio (2:44)
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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 II 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, Remastering
John Birks Gillespie Composer
Jonathan Granoff Layout
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