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.
This 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.
One of my favorite bebop drummers are Art Blakey , most famous as the leader of the Jazz Messengers, a hard driving player who along with Max Roach and Kenny Clarke invented bebop drumming. In The 40’s he worked with Mary Lou Williams, Fletcher Henderson, and Billy Eckstine. By the late 40’s he was backing such greats as Miles Davis, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. His famous group started with him as co-leader along with Horace Silver, they were known as “The Art Blakey Quintet” along with Lou Donaldson, Curley Russell, and the new young trumpet sensation Clifford Brown. The February 1954 Blue Note 2 vol. set A Night In Birdland is a classic and a great place to start to collect this artist. Another classic from him and this great group is Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk a 1957 “Atlantic” recording. Blakey recorded extensively with an ever changing lineup. He had a policy of encouraging young players and many played in his group, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham. and many more. He was quoted on his “Night in Birdland” album as saying “I’m gonna stay with the youngsters. When these get too old I’ll get some younger ones. Keeps the mind active.”
Clifford Brown was incredible, born in Wilmington, Delaware 1930, He played in highschool and collage bands and while still in his teens while attracting the attention of Miles Davis, Todd Dameron, and Max Roach. He studied music at the University of Maryland and in 1952 was involved in a serious car accident that hospitalized him for a year. Autumn of 53 Clifford joined Lionel Hamptons big band where he toured Europe. Lionels band was loaded with talent and their contract stipulated that they couldn’t record with anyone else. Several members including Clifford recorded with other groups and when Lional returned to the USA he was let go. Mid 1954 Brown joined Max Roach and formed the famous Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet. They recorded several albums over the next 2 years and in the early morning of June 26th. 1956 Clifford, Ritchie Powell (pianist and Bud Powell’s brother) and Ritchie’s wife were killed when they went off the highway on the Pennsylvania interstate.