To go along with the “amazing” word of wonder, add dazzling, innovative, veloce, infectious, and almost literally miraculous to the descriptors of Bud Powell and his pioneering music. He changed the lingo of pianism in his short-lived career, ushering in the double-hand virtuosity exercised by today’s players. He died in 1966 at the age of 41, after debilitating bouts with psychiatric institutionalism, electroshock therapy and alcoholism. Yet Bud is forever emblazoned in jazz history as one of the founders of bebop, having translated the flame and verve of Charlie Parker’s saxophone majesty to the piano.
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