BN.com Gift Guide

Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2014 Clifford Brown anthology Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings compiles all of the recordings the influential jazz trumpeter made for the storied jazz label during the '50s. These are albums he recorded after his initial Powell sessions and before his Mercury dates. Included here are 1953's Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, 1953's New Star on the Horizon, 1956's New Faces New Sounds with Lou Donaldson, and the fiery 1954 live album A Night at Birdland with the Art Blakey Quintet. Also included throughout are the various bonus tracks attached to each session. A mere 22 years old when he embarked on this short four-year stint with Blue Note, Brown was ...
See more details below
CD
$41.23
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$49.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $25.33   
  • New (4) from $25.33   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2014 Clifford Brown anthology Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings compiles all of the recordings the influential jazz trumpeter made for the storied jazz label during the '50s. These are albums he recorded after his initial Powell sessions and before his Mercury dates. Included here are 1953's Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, 1953's New Star on the Horizon, 1956's New Faces New Sounds with Lou Donaldson, and the fiery 1954 live album A Night at Birdland with the Art Blakey Quintet. Also included throughout are the various bonus tracks attached to each session. A mere 22 years old when he embarked on this short four-year stint with Blue Note, Brown was already a jazz titan. Technically dazzling on the trumpet and blessed with a wealth of improvisational creativity steeped in the traditions of his forebears (namely Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie), Brown was a man unparalleled on the jazz scene in the 1950s. Whether playing at burning speeds, as he does on "Cherokee," or digging deep into a slow ballad like "Easy Living" (both off New Star on the Horizon), Brown could articulate his ideas with devastating clarity. While all of the albums featured here are superb, must-hear examples of Brown's work, it is his live Birdland date as a member of drummer Art Blakey's group that reveals the most of what would become his legacy. The first incarnation of what would soon be known as Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the group included such influential players as the bluesy saxophonist Donaldson and the gospel-tinged pianist Horace Silver. From the pyrotechnic bop opener "Wee Dot" through Brown's gorgeous rendition of "Once in a While" and the rollicking Silver original "Quicksilver," the album is a masterful display of untethered artistry, bristling with a primordial energy that heralded the birth of the hard bop era. Unfathomably, only two weeks later, the group would disband for lack of bookings. Brown would, of course, go on to join drummer Max Roach in their legendary quintet, only to die in a car crash in 1956 at the age of 25. Ultimately, though there is implicit tragedy in his death at such a young age, with endless creative possibilities ahead of him, Brown had long found his voice, as evidenced by the work collected on Brownie Speaks.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537816125
  • Catalog Number: 002065702
  • Sales rank: 63,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Happy - J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:53)
  2. 2 Lover Man - J.J. Johnson Sextet (3:56)
  3. 3 Capri - J.J. Johnson Sextet (3:42)
  4. 4 Sketch 1 - J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:28)
  5. 5 Turnpike - J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:21)
  6. 6 It Could Happen To You - J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:47)
  7. 7 Capri (3:50)
  8. 8 Turnpike (4:13)
  9. 9 Get Happy (4:13)
  10. 10 You Go To My Head - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:22)
  11. 11 Brownie Speaks - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:49)
  12. 12 Bellarosa - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:15)
  13. 13 Cookin' - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:16)
  14. 14 Carvin' the Rock - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:58)
  15. 15 De-Dah - Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:52)
  16. 16 Carvin' the Rock (3:52)
  17. 17 Carvin' the Rock (4:06)
  18. 18 Cookin' (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cherokee - Clifford Brown Sextet (3:27)
  2. 2 Easy Living - Clifford Brown Sextet (3:43)
  3. 3 Wail Bait - Clifford Brown Sextet (4:02)
  4. 4 Minor Mood - Clifford Brown Sextet (4:34)
  5. 5 Hymn of the Orient - Clifford Brown Sextet (4:07)
  6. 6 Brownie Eyes - Clifford Brown Sextet (3:56)
  7. 7 Wail Bait - Clifford Brown Sextet (4:06)
  8. 8 Cherokee - Clifford Brown Sextet (3:42)
  9. 9 Hymn of the Orient - Clifford Brown Sextet (4:05)
  10. 10 Announcement - Art Blakey Quintet (0:57)
  11. 11 Wee-Dot - Art Blakey Quintet (6:54)
  12. 12 Now's the Time - Art Blakey Quintet (8:19)
  13. 13 Confirmation - Art Blakey Quintet (9:25)
  14. 14 Once In a While - Art Blakey Quintet (5:18)
  15. 15 Mayreh - Art Blakey Quintet (6:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If I Had You - Art Blakey Quintet (3:40)
  2. 2 Split Kick - Art Blakey Quintet (8:32)
  3. 3 Lou's Blues - Art Blakey Quintet (3:56)
  4. 4 A Night In Tunisia - Art Blakey Quintet (9:45)
  5. 5 Quicksilver - Art Blakey Quintet (6:44)
  6. 6 Blues - Art Blakey Quintet (8:37)
  7. 7 Wee-Dot - Art Blakey Quintet (6:53)
  8. 8 The Way You Look Tonight - Art Blakey Quintet (9:58)
  9. 9 Quicksilver - Art Blakey Quintet (8:52)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifford Brown Primary Artist, Trumpet
Gigi Gryce Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Heath Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elmo Hope Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
John Lewis Piano
Charlie Rouse Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Curly Russell Bass
Pee Wee Marquette Announcer
Technical Credits
Clifford Brown Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Gigi Gryce Composer
Elmo Hope Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
John Lewis Composer
Leo Parker Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Lou Donaldson Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Bud Green Composer
Doug Hawkins Engineer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Alfred Lion Producer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Kirk Silsbee Liner Notes
Ted Shapiro Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Traditional Composer
Roger Ramirez Composer
James Campbell Composer
Xilonen Oresnich Photo Coordination
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously