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Clifford Brown Memorial Album

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like swing guitarist Charlie Christian, Clifford Brown was incredibly influential for someone who died so young. The Fats Navarro-minded trumpeter was only 25 when a car accident claimed his life in 1956, but his influence remained long after his death -- Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, and Carmell Jones were among the many trumpet titans who were heavily influenced by Brown. In the early to mid-'50s, Brown kept getting more and more exciting; those who found him impressive in 1952 found even more reason to be impressed in 1955. That means that when it comes to Brown's dates, excellent doesn't necessarily mean essential. Recorded in 1953, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like swing guitarist Charlie Christian, Clifford Brown was incredibly influential for someone who died so young. The Fats Navarro-minded trumpeter was only 25 when a car accident claimed his life in 1956, but his influence remained long after his death -- Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, and Carmell Jones were among the many trumpet titans who were heavily influenced by Brown. In the early to mid-'50s, Brown kept getting more and more exciting; those who found him impressive in 1952 found even more reason to be impressed in 1955. That means that when it comes to Brown's dates, excellent doesn't necessarily mean essential. Recorded in 1953, the material here isn't quite as essential as some of Brown's work with drummer Max Roach in 1954 and 1955, but it's still superb. The trumpet icon is heard at two different sessions, the first with saxmen Gigi Gryce and Charlie Rouse, pianist John Lewis, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Art Blakey. The other includes Heath, alto saxman Lou Donaldson, pianist Elmo Hope, and drummer Philly Joe Jones who in 1953 was two years away from joining Miles Davis' quintet. Brown's solos are consistently expressive; he swings unapologetically hard on up-tempo fare like "Carvin' the Rock," "Cherokee," and Quincy Jones' "Wail Bait," but is quite lyrical on the ballads "You Go to My Head" and "Easy Living." One thing all of the performances have in common is a strong Fats Navarro influence; Navarro was Brown's primary inspiration, although Brown became quite distinctive himself at an early age. Casual listeners would be better off starting out with some of Brown's recordings with Max Roach; nonetheless, seasoned fans will find this to be a treasure chest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353214128
  • Catalog Number: 32141
  • Sales rank: 72,188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wail Bait (4:06)
  2. 2 Wail Bait (4:01)
  3. 3 Hymn of the Orient (4:07)
  4. 4 Brownie Eyes (3:56)
  5. 5 Cherokee (3:42)
  6. 6 Cherokee (3:27)
  7. 7 Easy Living (3:44)
  8. 8 Minor Mood (4:35)
  9. 9 Hymn of the Orient (4:05)
  10. 10 Bellarosa (4:15)
  11. 11 Carvin' the Rock (3:52)
  12. 12 Carvin' the Rock (3:58)
  13. 13 Cookin' (3:09)
  14. 14 Cookin' (3:16)
  15. 15 Brownie Speaks (3:49)
  16. 16 De-Dah (4:52)
  17. 17 You Go to My Head (4:22)
  18. 18 Carvin' the Rock (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifford Brown Primary Artist, Trumpet
Gigi Gryce Flute, Alto Saxophone
Elmo Hope Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
John Lewis Piano
Charlie Rouse Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass, Acoustic Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
John Richard Lewis Piano
Technical Credits
J. Fred Coots Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Haven Gillespie Composer
Alfred Lion Producer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
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