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Clifford Brown and the Ladys

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

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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Art Blakey

April 4, 2009 1 comment

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.artblakey 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

February 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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.clifford-brown 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.

Alone Together is a great album that I highly recommend, and the album The Beginning and the End features Cliffords first recording and his last.


      Clifford Brown biography.
      Trumpet solos and transcriptions
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