A Portrait of Thelonious

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A Portrait of Thelonious
Bud Powell - A Portrait of Thelonious (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bud Powell
Released 1965
Recorded 17 December 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 47:04
Label Columbia
Producer Cannonball Adderley
Bud Powell chronology
A Tribute to Cannonball
(1961)A Tribute to Cannonball1961
A Portrait of Thelonious
Bud Powell in Paris
(1963)Bud Powell in Paris1963
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Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A Portrait of Thelonious is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released on Columbia in 1965, featuring a session recorded at Studio Charlot in Paris on 17 December 1961, with Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.[2] The session was the second of two produced by Cannonball Adderley with Powell, following the A Tribute to Cannonball session recorded two days earlier.

The album was digitally remastered and re-released on CD in 1997 with one additional take and without the fake applause added to the original LP.


The album features four Monk compositions, only one of which had previously been recorded by Powell, and the album fittingly begins with this, "Off Minor", a song which Powell included in his first session as leader (see Bud Powell Trio), recorded in January 1947 – its first ever recording since Monk himself only recorded it in October the same year (see Genius of Modern Music).

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Thelonious Monk, except where noted.

  1. "Off Minor" – 5:20
  2. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) – 4:17
  3. "Ruby, My Dear" – 5:46
  4. "No Name Blues" (Earl Bostic) – 6:38
  1. "Thelonious" – 3:46
  2. "Monk's Mood" – 7:06
  3. "I Ain't Fooling" (Charles Albertine) – 3:19
  4. "Squatty" (Brian Fahey) – 5:48
  5. "Squatty" [unissued alternate] (Fahey) – 5:04 (not on original LP)





  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "A Portrait of Thelonious - Bud Powell | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Togashi, Nobuaki; Matsubayashi, Kohji; Hatta, Masayuki. "Bud Powell Discography (Columbia CL 2292)". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2009-08-14.