Bud Powell's Moods

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for the earlier Mercury Records recording of the same name, Bud Powell's Moods, see The Genius of Bud Powell
Bud Powell's Moods
Bud Powell's Moods MGN 1064 (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bud Powell
Released 1956
Recorded June 2 & 4, 1954, January 12, 1955
Genre Jazz
Length 38:14
Label Norgran
Producer Norman Granz
Bud Powell chronology
Bud Powell Trio, Volume 2
(1953)
Bud Powell's Moods
(1954-55)
Jazz Original
(1954-55)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Bud Powell's Moods is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released in 1956 by Norgran,[2] featuring sessions that Powell recorded in 1954 and 1955.

The album was re-issued by Verve,[3] and released as a CD replica by Verve (Japan) in 2006 (POCJ-2740). The sessions (with alternate takes) are also available on CD on The Complete Bud Powell on Verve (1994) box set.

History[edit]

The sessions on this album mark the beginning of a two-year period (from June 1954 to September 1956) when Powell recorded exclusively for Norman Granz at Fine Sound Studios in New York.

The two Powell compositions, "Buttercup" (named after Powell's childhood friend Altevia Edwards) and "Fantasy in Blue", are both up-tempo, in contrast to the generally mellow mood of the rest of the album.

Track listing 12" LP (MGN 1064, MGV 8154)[edit]

All songs were written by Bud Powell, except where noted.

  1. "Moonlight in Vermont" (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn) – 3:35
  2. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:27
  3. "Buttercup" – 2:59
  4. "Fantasy in Blue" – 3:04
  5. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:56
  6. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:45
  1. "Time Was" (aka "Duerme" «Sleep») (Miguel Prado, Gabriel Luna, Bob Russell) – 4:17
  2. "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:53
  3. "I Get a Kick out of You" (Cole Porter) – 4:26
  4. "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 4:11
  5. "The Best (Thing for You Would Be Me)" (Irving Berlin) – 2:41

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

June 2, 1954, Fine Sound Studios, New York, side A tracks 1-4.

June 4, 1954, Fine Sound Studios, New York, side A tracks 5-6 and side B tracks 1-2.

January 12, 1955, Fine Sound Studios, New York, side B tracks 3-5.

Production[edit]

Release history[edit]

The Artistry of Bud Powell

The two June 1954 sessions were originally released on a 10" LP called The Artistry of Bud Powell on Norgran in 1954.[5]

The Artistry of Bud Powell 10" LP (MGN 23)[edit]

  1. "Moonlight in Vermont" (Suessdorf, Blackburn)
  2. "Spring Is Here" (Rodgers, Hart)
  3. "Buttercup"
  4. "Fantasy in Blue"
  1. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart)
  2. "A Foggy Day" (Gershwin, Gershwin)
  3. "Time Was" (Prado, Luna, Russell)
  4. "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Togashi, Nobuaki; Matsubayashi, Kohji; Hatta, Masayuki. "Bud Powell Discography (MGN 1064)". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^ Togashi, Nobuaki; Matsubayashi, Kohji; Hatta, Masayuki. "Bud Powell Discography (MGV 8154)". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  4. ^ Granz, Norman (1954). The Artistry of Bud Powell (Liner Notes). Bud Powell. USA: Norgran Records. MGN 23.  "This date was done in two sections and on one date we used George Duvivier on bass and on the other Percy Heath. The drummer on both dates was Art Taylor."
  5. ^ Togashi, Nobuaki; Matsubayashi, Kohji; Hatta, Masayuki. "Bud Powell Discography (MGN 23)". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2009-06-12.