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Mel Powell

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 05 May 2013

A teen-aged prodigy with Benny Goodman, pianist Mel Powell produced dazzling solos and compositions, including Goodman hits like "Mission to Moscow". Later, he teamed up with cornettist Ruby Braff, before teaching classical music at Yale. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a rare talent.

Music Played

11 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Mel Powell 'S Wonderful

    Composer: Gershwin Performers: Edmond Hall, cl; Buck Clayton, t; Henderson Chambers, tb; Steve Jordan, g; Walter Page, b; Mel Powell, p; Jimmy Crawford, d. 30 December 1953

    Four Classic Albums Plus, Avid, AMSC 1063. D2, Tr. 15 (4.15)

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    Benny Goodman The Earl

    Composer: Powell Performers: The Benny Goodman Band 1941

    Benny Goodman Plays Solid Gold, CBS, S80795. S1/3 (2.32)

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    Benny Goodman Mission to Moscow

    Composer: Powell Performers: Tony Faso, Jimmy Maxwell, Lawrence Stearns, t; Lou McGarity, Charlie Castaldo, tb;, Hymie Schertzer, Clint Neagley, as; Jon Walton, Leonard Sims, ts; Bob Poland, bar; Mel Powell, p; Dave Barbour, g; Cliff Hill, b; Howard Davies, d. 30 July 1942

    Swing, Swing, Swing, Retropsective, RTS4414 (2); D2, Tr. 20 (2.33)

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    Benny Goodman The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

    Composer: Goodman Performers: Benny Goodman, cl; Mel Powell, p; Sid Weiss, b; Ralph Collier, d. 10 March 1942

    Sounds of Jazz, Fontana, TFE 17079. S1/1 (2.46)

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    Benny Goodman Shine

    Composer: Mack, Brown, Dabney Performers: Benny Goodman, cl; Mel Powell, p; Red Norvo, vib; Mike Bryan, g; Slam Stewart, b Morey Feld, d. 1945

    Benny Goodman Rides Again, Vocalion, CDUS3001 (1); Tr.20 (3.13)

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    Jazz at The Philharmonic Sweet Georgia Brown

    Composer: Casey, Pinkard, Bernie Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, Al Killian, tp; Charlie Parker, Willie Smith, as; Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, ts; Mel Powell, p; Billy Hadnott, b; Lee Young, d. 28 January 1946

    Jazz at the Philharmonic: The First Ten Years, Proper, P1425. Tr. 7 (9.31)

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    Mel Powell Anything Goes

    Composer: Porter Performers: Mel Powell, p; Bumps Myers, s; Jake Porter, t; Lee Young, d; Red Callender, b. 10 December 1947

    Four Classic Albums Plus, Avid, AMSC 1063. D2; Tr. 19 (2.40)

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    Mel Powell You're Lucky to Me

    Composer: Razaf, Blake Performers: Edmond Hall, cl; Buck Clayton, t; Henderson Chambers, tb; Steve Jordan, g; Walter Page, b; Mel Powell, p; Jimmy Crawford, d. 30 December 1953

    Four Classic Albums Plus, Avid, AMSC 1063. D2, Tr. 18 (4.56)

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    Mel Powell Borderline

    Composer: Powell Performers: Paul Quinichette, ts; Bobby Donaldson, d; Mel Powell, p. 17 August 1954

    Four Classic Albums Plus, Avid, AMSC 1063. D1, Tr. 1 (3.27)

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    Mel Powell You're My Thrill

    Composer: Clare, Gorney Performers: Ruby Braff, t; Bobby Donaldson, d; Mel Powell, p. 24 August 1954

    Four Classic Albums Plus, Avid, AMSC 1063. D1, Tr.9 (5.19)

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    Mel Powell Out of Nowhere

    Composer: Green, Heyman Performers: Benny Carter, s; Mel Powell, p; Howard Alden, g; Milt Hinton, b; Louie Bellson, d. 21 October 1987

    The Return of Mr Powell, Chiaroscuro, CRD301; Tr. 5 (8.30)

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