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Bud Powell
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    (September 27, 1924-July 31, 1966)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Earl Rudolph Powell
    Jazz pianist
    Compositions included 'Tempus Fugue-It' and 'Un Poco Loco'
    Recorded the albums 'The Bud Powell Trio' (1947), 'The Amazing Bud Powell, Vols. 1 & 2' (1951-53), 'Bud Powell's Moods' (1956), 'The Genius of Bud Powell' (1956), 'Strictly Powell' (1957), 'Swingin with Bud' (1958), 'The Lonely One' (1959), 'Bud Powell in Paris' (1964) 'A Portrait of Thelonious' (1965) and 'Bud Plays Bird' (recorded 1958, released 1997)
    He was an alcoholic and an aggressive drunk.
    Miles Davis wrote, 'Bud started shooting heroin like it was going out of style, and he was the last person who should have been shooting heroin.'
    His career was twice interrupted by stays in mental hospitals (1947,1951-53).
    Late in his career, he was unable to learn new songs and had to stick to playing standards.
    Charlie Parker refused to hire him, saying 'He's even crazier than me!'
    His brother Richie died in the same car crash that killed Clifford Brown.
    He was beaten by police in a racially-motivated incident (1945), which probably aggravated his mental problems.
    Along with Thelonious Monk, he was considered one of the two most important pianists in bebop.
    His recording of 'Un Poco Loco' was chosen by literary critic Harold Bloom for his list of the greatest works of art of the 20th century.

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