Live Bud Powell Show Reissued by ESP-Disk’

“Live at the Blue Note Café, Paris 1961”

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ESP-Disk’ has reissued Bud Powell’s Live at the Blue Note Café, Paris 1961, timed to celebrate what would have been the influential pianist’s 90th birthday. This edition of a classic ESP release restores the original LP cover art by Francis Paudras.

According to a press release, “Powell moved to Paris at the end of March 1959 and soon hooked up with drummer Kenny Clarke, with whom he had made history in the previous decade on the jam sessions and recordings in which bebop was created. He and Clarke played at the Blue Note for all of April; in December, they reconvened at the club, with bassist Pierre Michelot and-with time out for tours and festival appearances-they worked there for much of 1960 and ’61 The first three tracks here (added on the first CD edition), with Zoot Sims, date from January 1961. The longer trio set, recorded by Alan Douglas, is from later the same year and is the material that ESP issued on the original 1966 LP. Though Powell’s mental health and drug problems had impacted his playing, his time in France rejuvenated him and spared him the hassles and, to some degree, the temptations of New York that had dragged him down. Nearing the sunset of his career, his musical light could still burst through the clouds and dazzle his faithful listeners. Just listen to him navigate the fleet tempos of these bebop standards.”

To listen to samples of each track and order, go here.