“Tempus Fugue-It”. Bud Powell. date: style: bebop form: bar popular song form (AABA). personnel: Bud Powell, piano; Ray Brown, bass; Max Roach, . Bud’s Bubble. 2. I’ll Remember April. 3. Nice Work If You Can Get It. 4. Tempus Fugit. 5. Celia. 6. Cherokee. 7. I’ll Keep Loving You. 8. Strictly Confidential. 9. Bud Powell – Tempus Fugue-It – Music.

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This is a fascinating, revelatory, deeply moving, and completely captivating collection of Bud Powell material that hasn’t readily seen the light of day before, despite the fact that almost all of it has been commercially released at one time or another.

The material over these four discs ranges from pre-bebop years, with Cootie Williams from and Frank Socolow’s quintet fromto a broadcast with the Charlie Parker Quintet featuring Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, and Curley Russell in and the band Powell shared shortly with Sonny Stitt during the same year. Proper did an impeccable job of organization — if not remastering, but the result is adequate if not stellar — by placing the music in tightly organized compartments not only chronologically, but also thematically.

For instance, in the pre-bop era song portrayed on disc one, entitled “Blue Garden Blues,” Powell’s style with his large chords and limited arpeggios is showcased against the swinging bands he was playing with.

But if one listens closely enough, such as on “Gotta Do Some War Work,” it’s easy to hear the influence of Fats Waller and Art Taum on Powell’s construction of solos and fills, as well as his architectural work in building harmonic bridges between all the other instruments in the band. His trademark trills are already carved in stone, however, and they slip out whenever they are allowed to.

On disc two “Bud’s Bubble,” when Powell played with J. Johnson and the Bebop Boys beginning inwhen bop was first making its own noise on 52nd Street, the artist offers more than a support for either Johnson or Stitt in the latter band, and he fires up the rhythm section with an absolutely frightening intensity — take a listen to either “Coppin’ the Bop,” with Johnson, or “Fat Boy,” with Navarro and Kenny Dorham having to tear each other up in order to keep up with Powell, Al Hall, and Kenny Clarke.


But it’s not until the first trio sides emerge in earlywith Max Roach and Curley Russell, that Powell’s harmonic genius gets heard in full.

His inside-out version of “I’ll Remember April” is a case in point, but the completely striated tonalities and legato right-handed runs in “Off Minor” is nothing less than astonishing. On the Roost and Clef material, Powell is advancing a new kind of bop solo, one that considers the elementary rhythms and then takes them apart at the same time the harmonics are being reinvented.

Roach was all about Trmpus unique ideas, but they required a different melodic framework than merely using bar blues and quick changes to be put across.

Finally, the last disc, So Sorry Please, with the aforementioned bands and temppus final two Clef sides in July of with Brown and Buddy Rich, showcase Powell as a man split between his visions and his passions.

The chord changes, which were supplementary and rhythm oriented for Powell, have become very large and open-ended sounding boards for new harmonic ideas that move inside the tune instead of pushing it to its limit. One can hear Rich’s frustration on “Hallelujah” as he tries to move the beat ahead twice, only to be brought back to a more meandering tempo.

Nonetheless, this is an impressive document, one that paints, finally, a well-rounded portrait of Powell at the height of his compositional and instrumental genius. The essays are phenomenal, the package, while not eye-poppingly beautiful, is desirable, and the fugi quality leave little to be desired.

The discographical documentation is peerless. This is a necessity for any bebop collector, as well as for any died-in-the-keys Powell fan. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Jazz Latin New Age.


Track Listings

Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

Streams Videos All Posts. Recording Date January 6, – July, Freedom Imagination Victory Affirmation Solitude. Track Listing – Disc 1. You Talk a Little Trash. Gotta Temppus Some War Work. The Man I Love.

September in the Rain. I Can’t Escape From You. You’re Not the Kind. Track Listing – Disc 2.

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Serenade to a Square. Back Home Again Hempus Indiana. Track Listing – Disc 3. Everything Happens to Me. I’ll Keep Loving You. All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm. Dance of the Infidels. You Go to My Head. Strike up the Band. I Want to Be Happy. Track Listing – Disc 4. Taking a Chance on Love. Sweet Lorraine Clifford R.

Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington. Roll ‘Em Mary Lou Williams. Blue Garden Blues Cootie Williams. Long Tall Dexter Dexter Gordon. Dexter Rides Again Dexter Gordon. Dexter Digs In Dexter Gordon. Coppin’ the Bop Max Roach.

Bebop in Pastel Bud Powell.

Serenade to a Square Bud Tempks. Good Kick Sonny Stitt. Seven Up Sonny Stitt. Blues in Bebop Kenny Dorham. Boppin’ a Riff Sonny Stitt. Fat Boy Fats Navarro. Bud’s Bubble Bud Powell.

Off Minor Thelonious Monk. Donna Lee Charlie Parker. Chasin’ the Bird Charlie Parker. Tempus Fugit Bud Powell. Strictly Confidential Bud Powell. Dance of the Infidels Bud Powell.

Tempus Fugue-It

You Go to My Head J. Sonny Side Sonny Stitt. Bud’s Blues Sonny Stitt. So Sorry, Please Bud Powell.