Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco


Un Poco Loco


Bud Powell (piano)


The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (Blue Note 7423 32136-2)

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

Composed by Bud Powell


Recorded: New York, May 1, 1951


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

"Un Poco Loco" can't be autobiographical because Bud Powell was more than a little crazy. Bopped on the noggin by, respectively, nightstick-wielding cops and a pistol-whipping bouncer in the mid-1940s, Bud was later assaulted by psychiatrists brandishing electroconvulsive therapy and repeated institutionalizations (one lasting a year). If Bud hadn't been loco before, he'd sure be post-"treatment." All of which makes "Un Poco Loco" even more redoubtable. Applying the Afro-Cuban approach that fellow bebopper Dizzy Gillespie had previously explored, Powell solos over Roach's relentless cowbell with the brilliant clarity of a cosmologist describing far-off galaxies as if he'd been there. Maybe Bud had.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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