Here it is nearly the close of Bud Powell’s birthday and I’ve had my nose too close to the grindstone to take note of it. He would have been 91 today. If I had to choose one recording by Powell to celebrate all that he bequeathed us, it might be “Un Poco Loco” from 1951, with Curley Russell on bass and Max Roach playing drums. This is from volume 1 of The Amazing Bud Powell, an album title that does not have a trace of hype.
Rudy Van Gelder did a remarkable job of remastering The Amazing Bud Powell.