Strictly Powell

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Strictly Powell
Bud Powell - Strictly Powell (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bud Powell
Released 1957
Recorded October 5, 1956
Genre Jazz
Length 39:59
Label RCA Victor
Bud Powell chronology
Blues in the Closet
(1956)Blues in the Closet1956
Strictly Powell
Swingin' with Bud
(1957)Swingin' with Bud1957
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Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Strictly Powell is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released in 1957 by RCA Victor, featuring a session Powell recorded in 1956.[2]

The album was remastered and released on CD by BMG Japan in 1994, and re-issued by RCA in 1995. The session is also available on The Complete RCA Trio Sessions.


This is the first of Powell's two sessions for RCA Victor. There are four new Powell compositions (not counting "Elegy" which two weeks previously had been recorded as "Elogie" for his final Verve session, released on Blues in the Closet), and in the original LP liner notes Leonard Feather marks out "Blues for Bessie" as "the most remarkable ... a completely spontaneous improvisation from start to finish".[3] Concerning "Elegy", Feather notes that it "scales up and down little ladders of fourths".[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) – 3:39
  2. "Coscrane" – 3:44
  3. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) – 3:20
  4. "Blues for Bessie" – 5:40
  5. "Time Was" (aka "Duerme" «Sleep») (Miguel Prado, Gabriel Luna, Bob Russell) – 3:07
  1. "Topsy Turvy" – 4:36
  2. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) – 2:53
  3. "Elegy" (aka "Elogie" and "Elegie") – 3:49
  4. "They Didn't Believe Me" (Jerome Kern) – 3:18
  5. "I Cover the Waterfront" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 2:32
  6. "Jump City" – 3:21



October 5, 1956, New York. The Bud Powell Trio.



  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Strictly Powell - Bud Powell | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Togashi, Nobuaki; Matsubayashi, Kohji; Hatta, Masayuki. "Bud Powell Catalog (RCA Victor LPM 1423)". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ a b Feather, Leonard (1957). Strictly Powell (Liner Notes). Bud Powell. US: RCA Victor Records. LPM-1423.