One of Bud Powell's most memorable compositions is "Parisian Thoroughfare," a tricky bop anthem that has had particular appeal to jazz pianists. Powell recorded his composition on two occasions for different labels during 1951; initially as a piano solo for Verve in February, and a trio version for Blue Note which was inexplicably halted by the pianist and not re-recorded again for the label. The rhythm of the piece seems to allude to the stop-and-go nature of traffic, as well as the hustle and bustle in a big city. In addition to Powell's early recordings and later live interpretations, a number of musicians have been drawn to it. Clifford Brown's famous recording of the piece (possibly arranged by Richie Powell, the composer's brother, and also the pianist in the group Brown jointly led with Max Roach) is full of humorous moments, incorporating Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and the French national anthem, "L'Marseillaise." Jaki Byard built upon this chart for his wild ride through it with Rashaan Roland Kirk. Others who recorded the piece on several occasions with success include Stephane Grappelli, Quincy Jones, and Andy LaVerne. This classic bop vehicle has clearly stood the test of time.