Monday, January 18, 2010

Bud POWELL - Hot House 1963

Bud POWELL - Hot House 1963
Hotel-Restaurant La Belle Escale", Edenville, France, August 8-14, 1964


A breakdown in 1951 and hospitalization that resulted in electroshock treatments weakened him, but Powell was still capable of playing at his best now and then, most notably at the 1953 Massey Hall Concert. Generally in the 1950s his Blue Notes find him in excellent form, while he is much more erratic on his Verve recordings. His warm welcome and lengthy stay in Paris (1959-1964) extended his life a bit, but even here Powell spent part of 1962-1963 in the hospital. He returned to New York in 1964, disappeared after a few concerts, and did not live through 1966.

In later years, Bud Powell's recordings and performances could be so intense as to be scary, but other times he sounded quite sad. However, his influence on jazz (particularly up until the rise of McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans in the 1960s) was very strong and he remains one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Johnny Griffin- (Tenor Sax -5/7)
Bud Powell- (Piano)
Guy Hayat- (Bass)
Jacques Gervais- (Drums)
A1. Straight No Chaser 13:47
A2. Salt Peanuts 3:16
A3. Move 3:17
A4. Bean And The Boys 6:20
B1. Wee 11:03
B2. 52nd Street Theme 2:50
B3. Hot House 5:23

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