Never-Heard Bud Powell Recordings to Be Released

Classic Arts News   Never-Heard Bud Powell Recordings to Be Released
Piadrum Records will release a CD of never-before-heard solo performances by bebop pianist Bud Powell, the New Jersey-based record company announced.

The album, due out November 2, is titled Eternity, after a poem Powell wrote shortly before his death in 1966. Recorded from 1961-64 at the Paris home of Powell's friend Francis Paudras, the album's tracks include "Spring is Here," "A Night in Tunisia," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Another song, "Blues for Bouffemont" was composed by Powell in 1964 at Bouffemont sanatorium, a hospital near Paris.

Born in Harlem in 1924, Powell was a prodigy; he began performing in New York City as a teenager and became friends with fellow pianist Thelonious Monk. Instrumental in the creation of bebop, he recorded with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and other major figures.

Powell suffered from mental illness for many years and spent much of the late 1940s and 1950s in and out of hospitals around the city. He moved to Paris in 1959, but returned to New York in 1964, where he lived until his death from tuberculosis and liver damage in 1966.

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