Bud Powell

The Invisible Cage

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This rather late Bud Powell session is better than expected and probably his last worthwhile recording. Performed shortly before he returned to New York and only two years prior to his death, Powell is at his best on the uptempo material and at his most erratic on the intense ballads. Accompanied ably by bassist Michel Gaudry and drummer Art Taylor, the innovative pianist (even with a few missteps) is mostly in excellent form, particularly on "Like Someone in Love," "Blues for Bouffemont" and his calypso "Una Noche con Francis."

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