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This brilliant solo CD features pianist Andy LaVerne covering 17 of Bud Powell's memorable compositions, including famous works and obscure tunes. LaVerne's approach to Powell's music is different from other pianists because he emphasizes the lyrical qualities of pieces like "Celia" and "Oblivion" rather than just showing off his incredible technique. He also can be humorous, especially during Powell's "So Sorry Please." LaVerne is also up to the challenge of Powell's most difficult pieces: check out the splendid reharmonization of "Parisian Thoroughfare," the roller coaster "Tempus Fugit," and a spellbinding take of "Un Poco Loco." Another nice touch is the use of Chick Corea's "Bud Powell" and Monk's "In Walked Bud" to respectively open and close the CD. Highly recommended.

Biography

Born: 04 December 1947 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine keyboardist who has ranged in styles from Bill Evans to Chick Corea and fusion, Andy LaVerne has managed to avoid predictability throughout his career. He began studying as a classical piano student at Juilliard when he was eight. After discovering jazz, LaVerne had some important lessons from Bill Evans. He toured with Woody Herman's big band (1973-1975), played with John Abercrombie, and Miroslav Vitous, and was with Stan Getz's group during 1977-1980, often playing electric piano. In the...
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In the Mood for a Classic, Andy LaVerne
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  • $20.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 January 1994

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