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Clifford Brown and the Ladys

The one observation about the fantastic talent and legacy of Clifford Brown is that everyone wanted to record with him. Here are two ladies who did.

Sarah Vaughn Clifford BrownThis is an absolute essential album for any serious jazz collector, haunting, beautiful melodies flavored with the right amount of Bop. This was one of Sarah’s Jazziest albums and one of her most successful, and Vaughan’s own favorite among her works through 1980.  The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Helen Merrill W/ Clifford Brown

Merrill’s first album featuring trumpeter Clifford Brown on these sessions made 18 months before his June 1956 death.  This album is a great way to discover the much overlooked Merrill.
Helen Merrill decades later recorded a tribute album in 1995 entitled Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown. The album features solos and ensemble work by trumpeters Lew Soloff, Tom Harrell, Wallace Roney, and Roy Hargrove.
Brownie, Hommage to Clifford brown

Brownie, Hommage to Clifford Brown

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