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Bud Powell

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Interviews & Profiles

Pianist Horace Silver recorded a number of classic albums for Blue Note, including Song for My Father and The Jody Grind.

January 6, 2009 To honor the milestone, pianist Bill Charlap has chosen five of his favorite Blue Note songs.

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Bud Powell was the first, and arguably the greatest pianist to create a bebop-based improvisational style for the piano.

April 9, 2008 The pianist redrew the course of modern jazz piano by pioneering bebop improvisation at keyboard.

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Discover Songs

The cover of The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. I

August 1, 2001 The albums showcase Powell's innovative technique of playing speedy single-note lines on piano.

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Reviews

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

March 24, 2014 On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative at Birdland. At the keys, it was another story.

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The cover of Jazz at Massey Hall

August 1, 2001 The album documents Jimmy Carter singing, as well as rare moments when jazz legends record together.

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The cover of The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. I

August 1, 2001 The albums showcase Powell's innovative technique of playing speedy single-note lines on piano.

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More Stories

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

September 27, 2012 Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation at the piano. His biographer picks a few highlights.

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