The story behind this session is one for the ages. Powell, involuntarily incarcerated in a state hospital for most of the past 15 months, begged for a day's leave so he could be rushed to the studio, make this recording and be returned in time for dinner. Weeks before the session, he was given permission to practice on the psych ward's piano under one condition: He had to perform a Minstrel Show benefit concert for the institution.
This was Powell's greatest studio performance in a trio. It's a terrific example of how a jazz idea, conceived without strict architecture or an ending, took shape only by the parallel creative urges of Powell and drummer Max Roach, who ought to have been credited as co-composer.
This was the first take, of three, from the session. This late-'50s gem unfortunately hasn't yet entered the bebop canon.
Powell's flair for virtuosic melodic runs had calmed a bit by then, but the tune displayed a late flowering of his writing genius. Powell's erratic behavior often tested the patience of New York's nightclub owners. When those gigs dried up, he found refuge at the Blue Note in Paris in , where he drew full houses for two years.
Rifftide Bouncing With Bud Move The Best Thing For You Straight, No Chaser I Remember Clifford Storyville Records Denmark. It releases a rich variety of jazz, blues and related musical genres, often accompanied by authoritative notes and rare extras.
This iconic label was founded in in Denmark and today continues to augment its historic catalogue of recordings made by American jazz and blues legends with new releases from contemporary jazz artists. Contact Storyville Records.Bud Powell plays I Remember Clifford from 'Live In Lausanne'. Bud Powell(p) Bob Jacquillard(b) Mike Stevenot(d).