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Live in Paris

Live at the Blue Note Café, Paris 1961


One of the lesser-credited architects of modern jazz, pianist Bud Powell did his best playing well before this club date with drummer and fellow bebop pioneer Kenny Clarke, bassist Pierre Michelot and — on the first three (previously unreleased) tunes — tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. But despite his well-documented mental illness and abject alcoholism, Powell plays with assured command, if not the jaw-dropping speed and dexterity that marked his early days. His forays on several Monk tunes are particularly deep and probing. The recording on this recently reissued set has a nice sense of depth, as well as a few imperfections that render it a kinetic document of a smoky Paris jazz joint in the early '60s. (

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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