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The Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet was already one of the best in modern jazz, but when they added Sonny Rollins to the fray in late 1955, it became a lineup for the ages. Basin Street, recorded in early 1956, marks the studio debut of Rollins with the band, and the result is a supercharged highlight of the postbop era. The three furiously paced standards that kick off the set feature superb blowing and crafty arrangements that offer spontaneous intros and rhythmic shifts. Of special note are the contributions of pianist Richie Powell, Bud's younger brother, who not only adds three excellent compositions (the intricate "Powell's Prances," the poignant "Time," and the irresistibly catchy "Gertrude's Bounce"), but also proves himself to be a standout soloist and accompanist. Of course, Brown's bright tone and remarkably fluid ideas are in full bloom as well. Sadly, the quintet would record only once more (Plus 4, issued under Rollins's name) before the June 1956 accident that claimed the lives of Brown and Powell. --Marc Greilsamer

1. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
3. I'll Remember April
4. Step Lightly (Junior's Arrival)
5. Powell's Prances
6. Time 5:06
7. The Scene Is Clean
8. Gertrude's Bounce
9. Flossie Lou
10. What Is This Thing Called Love
11. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
12. I'll Remember April
13. Flossie Lou

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1956
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EmArcy
  • ASIN: B0000046NH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By George H. Soule on August 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Everyone who has real interest in jazz should have this album. This is the Brown-Roach Quintet with Sonny Rollins. If you have any interest in Clifford Brown but haven't heard him, this is the album that you need. Trumpet player Clifford Brown is, of course, brilliant--fast and lyrical--an improvisational giant on standards and originals. Brownie is pure, clean, elegant. And tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins complements him well. The versions of "What is this Thing Called Love" and "I'll Remember April" are particularly moving. The first begins begins with Brown and Rollins bobbing chaotically in Roach's insistent river of drums and evolves into brilliant solos by Brown, Rollins and Powell. The trades at the end of this song are simply brilliant. Throughout this album, Richie Powell's piano is an added bonus, and the album features three originals ("Powell's Prances," "Time", and "Gertrude's Bounce"). Never as recognized as his brother Bud, Powell is a truly lyrical pianist and a fluent improvisor. Bassist George Morrow provides a solid foundation and solos. Max Roach is, of course, the legendary drummer--controlled and tasteful where needed, explosive on demand. There are some fine drum solos on this live album, but they don't overshadow Brownie or Sonny Rollins. This is one of the finer bebop albums made.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2000
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The stars of this session from 1956 are Max Roach's drum work and the fleet trumpet of Clifford Brown. Brownie solos with a dexterity, technique, and imagination that rivals the great Charlie Parker. Roach matches Brown's technical and creative skill and adds a rumbling thunder in the form of his punchy accompaniment and distinctive sticcatto snare to tom rolls. Every solo these two men take is an event, never failing to amaze. Rounding out the quintet is a young Sonny Rollins on tenor, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass. Rollins displays his burgeoning talent with a fine solo and exchanging with Brown on "I'll Remember April". Powell shows off his skills as an arranger by penning the arrangements for most of the tracks, as well as taking fantastic solos. His effort on "Powell's Prances" stands out. As, "At Basin Street" was the second to last album to be recorded by this quintet before Brownie, his wife, and Richie Powell were killed in a car accident, (the last is Rollins' "Sonny Rollins +4"), the music, complete with the obligatory alternates, becomes that much more precious. This is one of those albums that falls into the catagory of "obscure classics", and is worth hunting for.
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It's been quite a while since I've listened to this album, but the ensemble choruses and solos still ring in my ears--"Love Is a Splendored Thing" (hardly a jazz vehicle but it works), "I Remember April" (perhaps rivaled only by Erroll Garner's on "Concert by the Sea"), "Gertrude's Bounce" (one of their most inspired bebop tunes--part jingle bells, part operatic melodic expansiveness). Everybody's favorite trumpet player demonstrates why he deserves to be, and Rollins brings a new kind of power, energy, and playfulness to the group.

Many listeners don't realize that this was Rollins' only album with Clifford and Max. The rest of the time it was the redoubtable Harold Land, as precise and melodic player as there was, one of the all-time greats despite his relative obscurity. He was a diminutive person with an edge but not a lot of power in his sounds. No doubt the swaggering, muscular Sonny provided much more firepower for the group's live performances and loosened up things in the recording studio with his sportive, motivic playing. But Harold Land's precision playing and unfailing melodic logic made for a tighter ensemble sound and more consistent solos--which is the reason I'd give the edge to "Study in Brown." On the other hand, "More Study in Brown" includes another take of "I Remember April" from this same session with Rollins," a version that strikes me as superior to the master take heard here.

Not only was this the end of the string for Clifford, but it's probably the last recording by Max Roach to have a major impact or enduring significance.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "verde07" on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Incredible playing by Brown, Rollins and Roach... the tracks are mostly up-tempo but it keeps you listening. Definatly a 5 star record that shows the incredible originality and talent of these musicians in their prime. Humerous and just plain good improv, this is a must have for any bop lover.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert L Bildner on January 21, 2002
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This CD is the best Jazz CD I have ever heard. This recording combines the amazing technique and passion of one of the best jazz quintets of all time. This CD offers amazing solos and beautiful and powerful melodies. Through listening to this CD, one will be astounded at the powerful sound, amazing range, and the overall fabulous music that Clifford Brown produced. Also featured in this CD is a young but still magnificent Sonny Rollins, a late addition to the band. This CD is one of the quintet's last recordings before Clifford Brown and Richard Powell's tragic deaths. This CD is a must have for anybody who likes music... Buy this CD!
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