Andy LaVerne Bud's Beautiful
- Released: February 18, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Steeplechase
Down Beat - 8/97, p.583 stars (out of 5) - "...LaVerne...captures to a tee the bubbly joy, roller-coaster phrasing, nutty staccato attack and surging momentum of the bopmeister..."
JazzTimes - 10/97, p.124"...[LaVerne] clearly has a deep appreciation for the master's approach to form and improvisation, and a knack for finding an inspired way through Bud's complex conceptions....great music, great trio, great concept."
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Celia
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Danceland
- $1.29 on iTunes3.I'll Keep Loving You
- $1.29 on iTunes4.So Sorry Please / In The Mood For A Classic
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Bouncing With Bud's Bubble
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Duid Deed
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Bud's Beautiful
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Topsy Turvy
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Strictly Confidential
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Cleopatra's Dream
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Oblivion
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Boderick
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Personnel: Andy LaVerne (piano); Peter Washington (bass); Billy Hart (drums).
An extremely well-done trio CD covering 11 of Bud Powell's tunes, including both well-known and infrequently heard songs. LaVerne's run through "Celia" showcases his dazzling technique, while he's equal to handling the low-key ballad "I'll Keep Loving You," which is given a slight samba flavor. The creative juices also flow in LaVerne's approach to combining tunes: "So Sorry Please" is interwoven with "In the Mood for a Classic," while similar treatments of "Bouncing With Bud" and "Bud's Bubble" (aka "Little Benny") are equally successful. Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Billy Hart round out this highly recommended session. ~ Ken Dryden
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