Bud Powell & Don Byas – A Tribute To Cannonball

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A Tribute to Cannonball is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell and tenor saxophonist Don Byas, released on Columbia in March 1979, featuring a session recorded at the Studio Charlot in Paris on 15 December 1961, with Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, and trumpeter Idrees Sulieman guesting on four tracks. The session was produced by Cannonball Adderley, who would also produce Powell’s follow-up A Portrait of Thelonious recorded two days later.

The album was digitally remastered and re-released on CD in 1997, and included a newly discovered session take of “Cherokee” with Cannonball Adderley on alto (Wikipedia).

“The title of this album is misleading for, although Cannonball Adderley produced the session, no “tribute” takes place. Adderley could always recognize talent and he was wise to get the veteran tenor Don Byas (who had not recorded since 1955) back on record. Teamed in Paris with trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke, Byas proved to be in prime form on a variety of jazz standards including “Just One of Those Things,” “Cherokee” and “Jeannine.” This set has also been reissued on CD under Bud Powell’s name.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic

Track listing:
Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter) – 5:08
Jackie My Little Cat” (Pierre Michelot) – 4:48
Cherokee” (Ray Noble) – 6:18
I Remember Clifford” (Benny Golson) – 6:15
Good Bait” (Tadd Dameron, Count Basie) – 6:30
Jeannine” (Duke Pearson) – 5:59
All the Things You Are” (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 7:24
Myth” (Michelot) – 5:32

Idrees Sulieman – trumpet (tracks 5-8 only)
Cannonball Adderley – alto sax (track 10 only)
Don Byas – tenor sax
Bud Powell – piano
Pierre Michelot – bass
Kenny Clarke – drums

Released: March 1979
Recorded: 15 December 1961
Length: 60:59
Label: Columbia
Producer: Cannonball Adderley