September 12, 2014 – 5:11 am

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Geneva 1962 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Blue Note, Geneva, Switzerland; February 1, 1962. Good to very good radio broadcasts?

Bop till you drop… “Bud Powell was a leading figure in the development of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him the Charlie Parker of the piano.”

Bud Powell is the most important pianist in jazz and one of the most underrated because he spent over a third of his life in mental and medical hospitals. He was beaten by the police when he was 20 and he never fully recovered from that beating and, as a result, he suffered pain and had to take drugs to alleviate the pain. So he never fully recovered from that and, in spite of that, he created a whole lot of wonderful music. He was really the first guy, before Bud Powell, pianists were playing boom, chuck in the left hand and a lot of melodic figures in the right hand that tended to be arpeggios. But with Bud Powell, Bud Powell was imitating Charlie Parker. So Bud was the first pianist to take Charlie Parker’s language and adapt it successfully to the piano. That’s why he is the most important pianist in music today because everybody plays like that now.
- Jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe

Thanks to the original uploaders; and to mikey_ikey for sharing the tracks at Dime.

In Switzerland 1962 Vol. 2 private recording (tape) > ? > CD > WAV > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Ornithology (Benny Harris, Charlie Parker) 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 02. Swedish Pastry (Barney Kessel) 8:05 (13.6MB)
Track 03. Hot House Hot House (Tadd Dameron) 6:54 (11.6MB)
Track 04. I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 05. Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) 6:00 (10.1MB)
Track 06. Anthropology (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker) 7:06 (11.9MB)
Track 07. ‘Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 08. Jordu (Duke Jordan) 7:17 (12.2MB)
Track 09. I Know That You Know (Anne Caldwell, Vincent Youmans) 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 10. Blues In The Closet (Oscar Pettiford) 7:08 (12.0MB)
63 mins

Earl “Bud” Powell - piano
Michel Cortesi - bass
Jacques Cavussin - drums

Tracks sourced from:
Norma (Japan) CD: 5661 - Live In Geneva (1989)
Philology CD: W 7011.2 Rarities & Curiosities Vol. 011 - Geneva 1962 (2007)
Gambit CD: 69326 Live In Geneva (2009)

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  1. 7 Responses to “BUD POWELL - GENEVA 1962”

  2. This may be a legit release: http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-in-geneva-1962-mw0001781517.

    By Britinvdon on Sep 12, 2014

  3. Great that you’re covering every style of music, Bigo.
    But Britvinvdon - what did you hope to achieve by suggesting this thing is a legit release?
    You want BIGO to remove it? Who benefits from that? If you think Bud Powell is going to financially benefit from everyone rushing out to buy your ‘legit release’ I have to point out that he’s been dead some time.

    By jack bond on Sep 12, 2014

  4. My understanding is that the BigO (and other related sites) do not post legitimate releases as as noted above: “As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.”.

    By Britinvdon on Sep 12, 2014

  5. brit - this isn’t rubber soul being posted, this is a 50+ yr old live release that is questionably in the public domain by now. posts like this give us a sample of a great artists who needs and deserves recognition, and at least in my case pushes me to seek out their released work to purchase.

    big0, thanks for the work. can i suggest some more posts from under-appreciated genus performers like the following: Jimmy Scott, Vic Chesnutt, Jason and the Scorchers


    By tom on Sep 12, 2014

  6. joe sample died on friday at 75.

    By darth on Sep 14, 2014

  7. jason mraz is on kelly & michael on 16th
    smokey robinson is on the talk on 17th
    old crow medicine show is on conan on 17th
    preservation hall jazz band is on acl on 20th
    lenny kravitz is on letterman on 23rd
    maroon 5 is on snl on 10-4

    By darth on Sep 14, 2014

  8. Thank you very much for this share. Have just finished listening to it a second time and look forward to seeking out more music from this talented pianist.

    By Formosa Coweater on Sep 17, 2014

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