Picks and Pans Review: The Complete Bud Powell on Verve
updated 01/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
Powell was a tortured jazz genius whose horn-like phrasing and stabbing percussive style made him the quintessential bebop pianist. Though he was in and out of mental institutions from the time he was 21, Powell created a remarkable musical legacy before his death from the long-term effects of drug and alcohol addictions in 1966, at age 41. The four-CD Blue Note and Roost box boasts some of the finest recordings ever by a jazz pianist, notably "Bouncing with Bud" and "Un Poco Loco." The five-CD Verve set includes some rare photos of Powell, as well as such musical gems as "Parisian Thoroughfare" and "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." Both collections are a must for serious jazz lovers.