Bud Powell

Just One of Those Things

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One of jazz's most influential pianists, Bud Powell helped free the left hand from the stranglehold of stride during the bop era, and his recordings show a remarkable consistency, particularly given his often erratic behavior -- Powell was beaten by police in the mid-'40s and exhibited mental instability afterwards, a condition probably not helped by the subsequent electroshock treatment he received. This 22-track set is drawn from Powell's time with Verve Records and includes sessions recorded between 1949 and 1951 featuring Sonny Stitt on tenor sax, drummers Max Roach and Roy Haynes, and bassists Curly Russell and Ray Brown holding forth on classic sides like "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," and Powell originals like "Tempus Fugit" and "Celia."

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