Bud Powell

Strictly Confidential

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Strictly Confidential Review

by Scott Yanow

These informal performances find the great but ill-fated pianist Bud Powell playing a series of relaxed solos in Francis Paudras' apartment in Paris. The recording quality is just okay, and there are some missteps in Powell's solos, but there are also moments of interest, particularly his striding on a few of the numbers. This CD is particularly recommended to Bud Powell collectors, although more general listeners should pick up his Blue Note CDs first.

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