Bud Powell: Parisian Thoroughfare (trio version)


Parisian Thoroughfare


Bud Powell (piano)


The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume One (Blue Note 7243 5 32136 2 6)

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Bud Powell (piano), Curly Russell (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Composed by Bud Powell


Recorded: New York, May 1, 1951


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Bud Powell moans through his trio’s performance of “Parisian Thoroughfare,” but you can forgive him, in light on what he put down on tape before the music abruptly cuts off at 3 minutes and 22 seconds. Yes, it’s something of an incomplete take. But what an incomplete take it is. Max Roach and Curley Russell keep the rhythm churning while Powell tears up the keys, his fingers moving as quickly as his brain can find things to say. And he never stops. And he never hits a note one might consider “wrong.” Amazing Bud Powell indeed.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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