Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Music Library: Buck 65, Buckshot LeFonque, Bud Powell

Buck 65 - "Bachelor of Science" and "463." Very G. Love, which is Not My Thing. Deleted.

Buckshot LeFonque - Buckshot LeFonque. Branford Marsalis's fusion band of hip-hop-lite meets Sting sounds. One of the tracks is titled "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." I'm fairly certain the caged bird was trying to drown out this music. Again, not my thing. Deleted.

Bud Powell - "Un Poco Loco," "Un Poco Loco [Alternate Take #1]," Ultimate Bud Powell, Blue Garden Blues, Bud's Bubble, I'll Keep On Loving You, and So Sorry Please. That's more like it. Powell's one of the great bop pianists (dirty!), a guy who opened doors for some of my later favorites like McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans. "Un Poco Loco" is a track that Harold Bloom put on his list of greatest works of art of the 20th century. The Ultimate disc is an overview curated by Chick Corea, and a little research finds that the next four are individual discs that should properly be titled Tempus Fugue-It, a box set of Powell's recordings both as bandleader and sideman from 1944-1950 on the Proper label. Powell tears the shit out these songs, adding his own personal touch even while playing with such luminaries as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Max Roach, and Buddy Rich. This IS my thing, or at least one of them. Not deleted, nossir.


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