Francis Paudras, La danse des infidèles: Bud Powell, Ed. L’Instant
- Informazioni aggiuntive
|Prefazione||Bill Evans||Traduzione delle interviste||Anita Huguet e Dizzy Reece|
|Editore e Anno||L’Instant, Parigi, 1986||Illustrazioni||Fotografie in B/N|
|N. Volumi||1||N. Pagine||409|
|Dimensioni||26,5 x 32 x 3,6 cm.||Peso (senza imballo)||circa 2,48 kg.|
«What Charlie Parker was to the saxophone, Bud Powell (1924–1966) was to the piano: no jazz pianist can rival his brilliance. But his life was filled with tragedy, including years of electroshock therapy in psychiatric institutions, illnesses, physical and mental abuse from people who fed him dangerous drugs to control him, and the indifference of his contemporaries to his genius.
Francis Paudras, a young jazz fan who met Powell in the late 1950s, released him from his unfavorable surroundings, encouraged him to create some of his finest music, and took care of him as if he were his child. Powell’s story, Dance of the Infidels, is one of the most moving of jazz memoirs – and served as the basis for Bertrand Tavernier’s film ’Round Midnight, starring Dexter Gordon. Here, for the first time in English, is a portrait of a friendship as surprising and heartbreaking as Bud Powell’s timeless music.»
Nota sulla morte dell’autore (dal New York Times del 17.12.1997):
«Francis Paudras, a commercial artist, author, collector of jazz-related artifacts and patron of jazz musicians, including the pianist Bud Powell, died on Nov. 26 at his castle in Antigny, France. He was 62. He committed suicide, the newspaper Le Figaro reported.
While in his early 20’s, Mr. Paudras, an amateur pianist, became a keen follower of jazz in Paris. In the early 1960’s, he befriended the ailing, alcoholic Bud Powell, one of the premier musicians of be-bop, who had gone to France with his wife, Altevia Edwards, and her son, Johnny. In 1963, with the help of the musician Johnny Griffin, Mr. Paudras checked Powell into a hospital, but by then Powell‘s custody was becoming a tug of war between his wife and Mr. Paudras.
Powell‘s illness was diagnosed as tuberculosis, and for the next year Mr. Paudras was his caretaker. When Powell was booked for a six-week engagement at Birdland in Manhattan, in December 1964, Mr. Paudras was his advance man, creating a wave of publicity. The run opened to stunning reviews but quickly worsened as Powell slid back into drinking. Mr. Paudras stayed in New York for the entire run, missing the birth of his son. At the end of the engagement, Powell decided to remain in New York, where he died in 1966.
Mr. Paudras later became a friend and supporter of other musicians, including Bill Evans and Jacky Terrasson. Though his devotion to Powell eventually turned into a personal disappointment, he memorialized the story in a book, ”La Danse des Infideles’‘ (1986). Da Capo Press will publish an English translation next spring.
The story of his friendship with Powell was adapted by the director Bertrand Tavernier for the 1986 film Round Midnight, which starred Francois Cluzet as a character based on Mr. Paudras and Dexter Gordon as a composite portrait of Powell and Lester Young.
Mr. Paudras was also co-author, with Chan Parker, of To Bird With Love, a book of photographs published in 1981. He also issued recordings of Powell and others through the years, including some he made privately in the early 60’s. He is survived by two sons, Stephane and Lionel; a daughter, Cecelia; a sister, Noelle, and a granddaughter, Lea.»
|Note editoriali||Prima Edizione (autografata e datata dall’Autore) assoluta, in francese, a copertina rigida in tela bianca con sovracoperta fotografica, arricchita con numerosissime fotografie in B/N. Assai difficile da trovare, sul mercato specializzato (soprattutto all’estero) tocca spesso quotazioni di molte centinaia di Euro. Stato di conservazione: Più che Ottimo [è praticamente intatto sotto tutti i punti di vista, fatta eccezione per alcuni piccoli strappi ai bordi della sovracoperta, riparati discretamente dall’interno con scotch trasparente, e quasi invisibili dall’esterno].|