EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions

The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions

by Clifford Brown

The 2012 Clifford Brown three-disc anthology The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in 1954. All of these sessions are now considered…  See more details below


The 2012 Clifford Brown three-disc anthology The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in 1954. All of these sessions are now considered classic recordings and landmarks in the careers of each singer, as well as legendary trumpeter Brown. Coming off a four-year ascent that found him moving from working as a sideman with the R&B band the Blue Flames in 1951, to playing as a member of the Lionel Hampton band in 1953, to co-leading his innovative quartet with drummer Max Roach in 1954, Brown was a bona fide star by the mid-'50s and considered by many, including trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, to be the best trumpeter of his generation. Tragically, Brown's career was cut short when he died in a car accident in 1956. Thankfully, Brown was well recorded before his death, and these sessions display both his adept gift for virtuosic improvisation and empathetic ear for subtle, tender accompaniment of vocalists. Having already begun developing a strong group aesthetic -- later showcased on its own EmArcy recordings in 1954 -- that mixed thoughtful arrangements with adventurous improvisation, the Brown and Roach band was a superb choice for showcasing singers where arrangements and strong dynamic shifts are central to a good performance. Backing the vocalists here are not just the Brown/Roach band with tenor saxophonist Harold Land and pianists Richie Powell and Junior Mance, but also lineups including such stellar musicians as tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, flutist Herbie Mann, drummer Roy Haynes, bassists Milt Hinton and Oscar Pettiford, and, as on the Merrill sessions, arrangements by Quincy Jones. Featuring a hardbound book with photos of the original front and back album covers, as well as new liner notes from Down Beat magazine's Aaron Cohen, The Singers Sessions is essential listening for both Brown fans and jazz vocal fans alike.

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Disc 1

  1. Introduction  - Bob Shad
  2. What Is This Thing Called Love  - Dinah Washington
  3. I've Got You Under My Skin  - Dinah Washington
  4. No More  - Dinah Washington
  5. Move  - Dinah Washington
  6. Darn That Dream  - Dinah Washington
  7. You Go To My Head  - Dinah Washington

Disc 2

  1. Medley 1: My Funny Valentine/Don't Worry 'Bout Me/Bess, You Is My Woman  - Dinah Washington
  2. Lover Come Back To Me  - Dinah Washington
  3. Medley 2: Alone Together/Summertime/Come Rain or Come Shine  - Dinah Washington
  4. Crazy He Calls me  - Dinah Washington
  5. There Is No Greater Love  - Dinah Washington
  6. I'll Remember April  - Dinah Washington

Disc 3

  1. Lullaby Of Birdland  - Sarah Vaughan
  2. April In Paris  - Sarah Vaughan
  3. He's My Guy  - Sarah Vaughan
  4. Jim  - Sarah Vaughan
  5. You're Not The Kind  - Sarah Vaughan
  6. Embraceable You  - Sarah Vaughan
  7. I'm Glad There Is You  - Sarah Vaughan
  8. September Song  - Sarah Vaughan
  9. It's Crazy  - Sarah Vaughan
  10. Don't Explain  - Helen Merrill
  11. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To  - Helen Merrill
  12. What's New  - Helen Merrill
  13. Falling in Love with Love  - Helen Merrill
  14. Yesterdays  - Helen Merrill
  15. Born To Be Blue  - Helen Merrill
  16. 'S Wonderful  - Helen Merrill

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifford Brown   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Mann   Flute
Helen Merrill   Vocals
Oscar Pettiford   Bass,Cello
Max Roach   Drums
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Danny Bank   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Keter Betts   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Roy Haynes   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Junior Mance   Piano
George Morrow   Bass
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Richie Powell   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
George Shearing   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Kevin Reeves   Mastering
Bob Russell   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bob Shad   Original Session Supervision
Carl Sigman   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Vartan   Art Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Robert Haggart   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Paul Madeira   Composer
Milton Samuels   Composer
Nelson Shawn   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Caesar Petrillo   Composer
Aaron Cohen   Liner Notes
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Kohji Matsubayashi   Memorabilia
Ted Koshier   Composer

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