The Last Concert

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Since Clifford Brown's unexpected and sudden death following a 1956 car crash, collectors have sought any previously unknown recordings to add to the already sizable legacy left by a trumpet genius who didn't reach his 26th birthday. The Last Concert was broadcast live just eight days prior to his passing, recorded by a listener. Brown, along with co-leader Max Roach on drums, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, pianist Richie Powell who died in the accident with Brown, and bassist George Morrow, were in high spirits as they played in the Continental Restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia. The show starts off with Brown's only known interpretation of "Just One of Those Things," a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Since Clifford Brown's unexpected and sudden death following a 1956 car crash, collectors have sought any previously unknown recordings to add to the already sizable legacy left by a trumpet genius who didn't reach his 26th birthday. The Last Concert was broadcast live just eight days prior to his passing, recorded by a listener. Brown, along with co-leader Max Roach on drums, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, pianist Richie Powell who died in the accident with Brown, and bassist George Morrow, were in high spirits as they played in the Continental Restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia. The show starts off with Brown's only known interpretation of "Just One of Those Things," a lengthy workout showcasing Brown, Rollins, and Powell. The trumpeter's moving solo in "You Go to My Head" is also a highlight. A boisterous "I Get a Kick Out of You" clocking in at 24:59 concludes this final show. Although there are some minor problems with the source material, including sporadic tape drop-outs and incomplete performances the latter due to the fact that some of them run as long as 25 minutes, which would make it tough to judge when to change a tape reel, the recording quality is surprisingly good, even if it was made by someone in the audience. The remaining tracks on disc two come from a 1955 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, and may exist in better shape within the holdings of the Library of Congress, which has lots of live jazz originally broadcast behind the Iron Curtain by Voice of America. Harold Land is the tenor saxophonist on this occasion, with the remaining musicians the same. Brown and Land ignite fireworks with the trumpeter's still powerful "Daahoud." Powell's "Jacqui" demonstrates his potential as a composer. The final track features Brown sitting in with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Gerry Mulligan, and Chet Baker in a rousing "Tea for Two" that unfortunately fades prior to completion, due to the tape running out. The sound flaws on this set are mainly from the rowdy audience, as the instruments are fairly distinct.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2006
  • Label: Rare Live Recordings
  • EAN: 8436006496172
  • Catalog Number: 88617
  • Sales rank: 128,838

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just One of Those Things - Max Roach Quintet (21:09)
  2. 2 You Go to My Head - Max Roach Quintet (8:14)
  3. 3 Good Bait - Max Roach Quintet (15:58)
  4. 4 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) - Max Roach Quintet (4:06)
  5. 5 Someone to Watch Over Me - Max Roach Quintet (4:53)
  6. 6 What's New - Max Roach Quintet (4:06)
  7. 7 These Foolish Things - Max Roach Quintet (4:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Get a Kick out of You - Max Roach Quintet (24:35)
  2. 2 Daahoud - Max Roach Quintet (6:58)
  3. 3 A Ghost of a Chance - Max Roach Quintet (4:28)
  4. 4 Jaqui - Max Roach Quintet (8:29)
  5. 5 I Get a Kick out of You - Max Roach Quintet (11:25)
  6. 6 Tea for Two - Max Roach Quintet (9:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet Primary Artist
Clifford Brown Indexed Contributor
Chet Baker Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Dave Brubeck Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Willis Conover Master of Ceremonies
Norman Bates Bass
George Morrow Bass
Richie Powell Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Clifford Brown Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Richie Powell Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Matías Rinar Liner Notes, Annotation
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