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Bud Powell Tracks Unearthed

Bud Powell may have died 38 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to influence and inspire many of today’s great jazz musicians. So it should come as no surprise that Piadrum Records would choose to release an album of never-before heard solo performances recorded during the last years of his life.

The album, titled Eternity, after the title of a poem Bud wrote at King County Hospital one week before he died, will be released November 2 and collects tracks recorded from 1961-64 at the Paris home of friend Francis Paudras. The first three tracks-“Spring is Here,” “Shaw’Nuff,” and “A Night in Tunisia,” along with “I’ll Keep Loving You,” “Idaho,” and “Mary’s Improvisation”-were recorded in 1961, while tracks five through seven-“‘Round Midnight,” “I Hear Music,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”-were recorded in 1962. Interestingly, “Joshua’s Blue” is a blues piece that was originally untitled on the master and Powell wrote “Blues for Bouffemont” while staying in a sanatorium of the same name and recorded it in 1964.

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