Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bud Powell Playing Anthropology

A steller video of Bud playing Charlie Parker's "Anthropology." The video was recorded live at Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen in 1962. In my opinion, this is some of the best video footage available of Bud on the market. Not only that, but his playing and melodic inventiveness is second to none on this rendition. It seems like his melodic ideas are endless! Enjoy! Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen is on bass and Jorn Elniff is on drums.

Here is another video of Bud playing Anthropology. Notice at the beginning of his solo, he begins with the same quote he used in the 1962 version. This particular video was recorded in 1959 in Paris with the father of modern jazz drumming Kenny Clarke, Lucky Thompson on tenor sax, Jimmy Gourley on guitar and Pierre Michelot on bass.

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