Two Tune Tuesday: Bud Powell

Okay, no laughing, but since the three listening choices I have now that I work at a university with a conservatory are (1) world music, (2) classical, and (3) jazz, I’m trying to learn something about the latter. I’m not sure I get it, but I like this guy:

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It was the tune “Tempus Fugue It” that I liked most, first — who can resist a Latin joke? — but you get the idea from these.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. If you like this guy, try Theolonious Monk, Miles Davis Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Fats Waller was a “stride” pianist that you might also like but his recordings were done on very primitive equipment. You can also try some more modern “fusion” artists like Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour and Chick Corea.

  2. Definitely check out Monk, David, Parker, and Gillespie.

    My personal favorites in the jazz world are Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus. Miles Davis comes up in a close 4th.

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