Jazz Memories from Saint Germain

Maison de la Radio 1959

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Bud Powell — Bandleader, pianist

Barney Wilen — Tenor/saxophonist

Georges Arvanitas — Pianist

Robert Garcia — Tenor/saxophonist

Bernard Vitet — Trumpeter

Luigi Trussardi — Double bassist

Baptiste "Mac Kac" Reilles — Drummer

Jacques Thollot — Drummer

Clark Terry — Trumpeter

Pierre Michelot — Double bassist

Kenny Clarke — Drummer

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Known as the Charlie Parker of the piano, Bud Powell was a towering jazzman who changed the way musicians see harmony. His life was marked by extreme success and, at the same time, plagued by illness and misfortune. Here, in 1959, he had just moved to Paris following more than a decade of seminal Blue Note recordings, as well as periods of hospitalization and treatment (including electroconvulsive therapy) for mental illness, with schizophrenia being one diagnosis. In Paris, however, he was just as dazzling and alive as ever in one of the last recorded performances he ever gave. 

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