Bouncing with Bud

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Bouncing with Bud (also known as Bebop in Pastel)[1] is a 1946 jazz standard by American jazz pianist Bud Powell and Gil Fuller, which features the saxophone of Sonny Stitt and the trumpet of Kenny Dorham. It was originally recorded on 23 August 1946 as "Bebop in Pastel", during the same session as "Fool's Fancy" (later known as "Strictly Confidential").[citation needed] In the key of B-flat major, the tune is a "nonblues theme whose form is A-A'-B-A' with an eight-bar interlude that is not played during the solos."[2]

Powell played the theme under the debut title "Bouncing with Bud" on 9 August 1949 for Blue Note Records with Sonny Rollins, Fats Navarro, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes, for a recording which is often wrongly thought to be the original.[3][4] Numerous artists have covered it, including Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and pianist Keith Jarrett, as the opening track for his 1999 live album Whisper Not.


  1. ^ Harrison, Max; Fox, Charles; Thacker, Eric; Stuart Nicholson (2000). The Essential Jazz Records: Modernism to postmodernism. Continuum. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-7201-1822-3. 
  2. ^ Ramsey, Guthrie P. (2013). The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop. University of California Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-520-24391-0. 
  3. ^ Keyboard. GPI Publications. 1983. p. 25. 
  4. ^ Oliphant, Dave (1996). Texan Jazz. University of Texas Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-292-76045-5.