Bud Powell Study #1: Parisian Thoroughfare
As some of you know, for the past few months I've been studying a lot of Bud Powell on piano, and by the transitive property, also vibraphone. I've done a number of transcriptions and analyses, and I've learned almost every tune he ever wrote. So, for some closure before I go to Oscar Peterson, I'll be posting three solo vibraphone versions of his tunes. The first is "Parisian Thoroughfare." I transcribed this whole recording and gained a few things from it: first, that bebop can be very diatonic -- I feel like before this (and still perhaps) I relied on chromaticism as a crutch in my lines; and second, his left hand is often just pedaling on the V, so I tried to incorporate that. I also got tons of language that I transposed to all 12 keys, but anyway, here is my version of "Parisian Thoroughfare." Thanks!