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This brilliant solo CD features pianist Andy LaVerne covering 17 of Bud Powell's memorable compositions, including famous works and obscure tunes. LaVerne's approach to Powell's music is different from other pianists because he emphasizes the lyrical qualities of pieces like "Celia" and "Oblivion" rather than just showing off his incredible technique. He also can be humorous, especially during Powell's "So Sorry Please." LaVerne is also up to the challenge of Powell's most difficult pieces: check out the splendid reharmonization of "Parisian Thoroughfare," the roller coaster "Tempus Fugit," and a spellbinding take of "Un Poco Loco." Another nice touch is the use of Chick Corea's "Bud Powell" and Monk's "In Walked Bud" to respectively open and close the CD. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden, Rovi