Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); George Duvivier, Charles Mingus (bass); Max Roach, Art Taylor (drums).Recorded live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada and in New York, New York in 1953. Originally released as a 10 inch LP on Debut (3).Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).The centerpiece of JAZZ AT MASSEY HALL is a Bud Powell trio performance recorded in Toronto's Massey Hall in 1953. This concert marked a return for Powell to the concert scene after a one-year absence due to illness. While there are many compelling performances on the release--not only by Bud, but also by his bandmates, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach--as a whole, this release is an intriguing hybrid.Also included here are excerpts from a nightclub performance during the summer of that year, with Powell joined by George Duvivier (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). Accordingly, the sonic quality of the nightclub cuts carries a loose, off-the-cuff feel, while the Massey Hall concert is appropriately fuller sounding. Mingus is well represented here--his composition "Bass-ically Speaking" is included in this reissue, and it is a fine example of Mingus's work. Powell is at his best on "Embraceable You" and "Sure Thing," two Massey Hall cuts that display an expressive undertone and an uncanny connection with the audience.