Joy Spring [Proper Box]

Joy Spring [Proper Box]

by Clifford Brown

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Joy Spring is a four-CD, budget-priced box set from the folks at Proper in the United Kingdom. This is a pretty handsome overview that touches on all aspects of Clifford Brown's mighty but tragically brief career. Disc one, "Dial B Fr Beauty" contains sides he cut in 1952 as a member of Chris Powell and the Blue…  See more details below


Joy Spring is a four-CD, budget-priced box set from the folks at Proper in the United Kingdom. This is a pretty handsome overview that touches on all aspects of Clifford Brown's mighty but tragically brief career. Disc one, "Dial B Fr Beauty" contains sides he cut in 1952 as a member of Chris Powell and the Blue Flames; documents from his stint with Tadd Dameron; tracks from a short-lived quintet with Lou Donaldson, Elmo Hope, Percy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones in 1953, and sides recorded when he was part of J.J. Johnson's Septet -- all these sides virtually chronicle Brown's ascent into the jazz world and serve, so to speak, as a showcase for the first three sides he cut on his own, in a band that included Charlie Rouse, Art Blakey, John Lewis, Gigi Gryce, and Heath, with material arranged by Quincy Jones. Standout cuts are "Wail Bait," and "Hymn of the Orient," as well as Dameron's "Choose Now." Disc two, entitled "Conception," begins with Brown's own sextet and his versions of "Cherokee," and "Brownie Eyes." Later in '53, Brown played with Art Farmer in Sweden, and with a European orchestra that included a number of stalwarts like Walter Williams, Gryce, and Pierre Michelot, with Jones writing the charts. But the coolest stuff here are the sides cut with the Brown/Gryce sextet and octet, these also commence disc three, entitled "Clifford's Axe," which straddles September of 1953 to October of that same year. Disc three is rounded out with the first-ever-performances-on-record of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet as they cut "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" and "Sunset." The final CD in this package is devoted almost exclusively to this last group of musicians -- the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet -- documenting the various phases they went through in 1954. From "Dahoud" and "Delilah" to "Jor Du" and their stellar read of "Parisian Thoroughfare." The box set closes with a cut from Sarah Vaughan backed by Brown, Roy Haynes, Paul Quinichette, Herbie Mann, Jimmy Jones, Ernie Wilkins, and Joe Benjamin, on a lovely version of "You're Not the Kind" with a sweet and moving Brown solo. This is a fine introduction to Brown, nicely priced, with decent sound, and it makes a great companion to the excellent Emarcy LPs of the Brown-Roach bands.

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Disc 1

  1. Ida Red
  2. I Come from Jamaica
  3. Bellarosa  - Lou Donaldson
  4. Carvin' the Rock  - Lou Donaldson
  5. Cookin'  - Lou Donaldson
  6. Brownie Speaks  - Lou Donaldson
  7. De-Dah  - Lou Donaldson
  8. You Go to My Head  - Lou Donaldson
  9. Philly J.J.  -  Tadd Dameron & His Orchestra
  10. Choose Now  -  Tadd Dameron & His Orchestra
  11. Dial "B" for Beauty  -  Tadd Dameron & His Orchestra
  12. Theme of No Repeat  -  Tadd Dameron & His Orchestra
  13. Capri  - J.J. Johnson
  14. Turnpike  - J.J. Johnson
  15. Sketch One  - J.J. Johnson
  16. Get Happy  - J.J. Johnson
  17. Wail Bait
  18. Hymn of the Orient
  19. Minor Mood

Disc 2

  1. Brownie Eyes
  2. Cherokee
  3. Easy Living
  4. Stockholm Sweetnin'  -  Swedish All-Stars
  5. 'Scuse These Bloos  -  Swedish All-Stars
  6. Fallin in Love With Love  -  Swedish All-Stars
  7. Lover Come Back to Me  -  Swedish All-Stars
  8. Brown Skins  - Gigi Gryce
  9. Deltitnu  - Gigi Gryce
  10. Keeing Up With Jonesy  - Gigi Gryce
  11. Conception  - Gigi Gryce
  12. All the Things You Are  - Gigi Gryce
  13. I Cover the Waterfront  - Gigi Gryce
  14. Goofin' With Me  - Gigi Gryce
  15. Quickstep  - Gigi Gryce
  16. Bum's Rush  - Gigi Gryce
  17. Chez Moi  - Gigi Gryce

Disc 3

  1. Minority  - Gigi Gryce
  2. Salute to the Band Box  - Gigi Gryce
  3. Strictly Romantic  - Gigi Gryce
  4. Baby  - Gigi Gryce
  5. All Weird  - Gigi Gryce
  6. Blue and Brown
  7. I Can Dream, Can't I?
  8. The Song Is You
  9. Come Rain or Come Shine
  10. It Might as Well Be Spring
  11. You're a Lucky Guy
  12. Introduction  - Max Roach
  13. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm  - Max Roach
  14. Tenderly  - Max Roach
  15. Sunset Eyes  - Max Roach
  16. Clifford's Axe  - Max Roach
  17. Sweet Clifford  - Max Roach

Disc 4

  1. Delilah  - Max Roach
  2. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost of a Chance  - Max Roach
  3. Joy Spring  - Max Roach
  4. Stompin' at the Savoy  - Max Roach
  5. Mildama
  6. Daahoud  - Max Roach
  7. Bones for Jones  - Max Roach
  8. Tiny Capers  - Max Roach
  9. Jor-Du  - Max Roach
  10. I Can't Get Started  - Max Roach
  11. I Get a Kick Out of You  - Max Roach
  12. Parisian Thoroughfare  - Max Roach
  13. You're Not the Kind  - Sarah Vaughan

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifford Brown   Primary Artist
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Tadd Dameron   Piano
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Russ Freeman   Piano
Jimmy Gourley   Guitar
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Heath   Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elmo Hope   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Mann   Fiddle
Shelly Manne   Drums
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Anthony Ortega   Alto Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Arne Domnérus   Alto Saxophone
Ake Persson   Trombone
Henri Renaud   Piano
Stu Williamson   Trombone,Vocals
Percy Heath   Bass
Alan Dawson   Drums
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Bennett   Drums
Art Blakey   Drums
George Bledsoe   Bass
William Boucaya   Bass Saxophone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Gerard   Trumpet
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
George Morrow   Bass
Jack Noren   Drums
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Carson Smith   Bass
Clifford Solomon   Tenor Saxophone
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Bill Tamper   Trombone
Jean-Louis Viale   Drums
Benny Vasseur   Trombone
Fernand Verstraete   Trumpet
Hayse   Trombone
Duke Wells   Piano
Richie Powell   Piano
Gunnar Johnson   Bass
Vance Wilson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Richard Lewis   Piano
James Ivory Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Clifford Brown   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger,Composer
Gigi Gryce   Arranger,Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer
Duke Jordan   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Max Roach   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Lou Donaldson   Composer
Teddy Edwards   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Arranger,Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Paul Misraki   Composer
Jack Montrose   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Chris Powell   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Amos Easton   Composer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes,Annotation
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
John Richard Lewis   Arranger

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