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Beginning & The End

Clifford BrownAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ATP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing Clifford was such a tragedy; a trumpet genius. September 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Clifford was not only a great voice on the instrument but he was a very special person as well. He didn't mess around with drugs like most jazz musicians of the 1950's and he did so much in the five-six years he spent making records before the tragic car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in summer of 1956. To make matters worse, Clifford wasn't even driving the car. He was a beautiful person, and all of this comes out in his playing. The heart, virtuosic trumpet lines, smooth vibrato, it's all here. This recording features the first and last recorded performances of Clifford Brown. "Ida Red" and "I Come From Jamaica" are just typical big-band reggae-flavored tunes but Clifford's breathtaking solos on these tracks brighten them, almost as if they are bringing out a little bit of sunshine into an otherwise forgettable session. The last recorded performance of Clifford includes him playing with a small group including Ziggy Vines on tenor saxophone, Sam Dockery on piano and a couple other local cats. Clifford blazes on "A Night In Tunisia", probably one of if not the best recording of the tune ever made. His solo is amazing and full of beautiful lines. Listen to this track and you will already know why Clifford was considered one of the best even at such a young age. On "Walkin'" it's classic Clifford again just jammin' with the group and he exhibits some cool licks here too. "Donna Lee" is played at a speedy pace and Clifford comes clearly throughout, sounding as strong and soulful as ever on this Charlie Parker tune. Listen to his last words at the end, which are sadly prophetic. "You've made me feel so wonderful, but I really must go now". This is a great example of Clifford's impeccable technique and great improvisation abilities. A must for any jazz fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible playing from a jazz master September 4, 2004
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The first Clifford Brown record I ever heard was his 1953 Blue Note version of "Cherokee," and it totally overwhelmed me. This, however, was the first complete Brown album I bought, and though the two early tracks are interesting it is the 1956 session that pulls us in. Especially in "Night in Tunisia," the by-then standard Dizzy Gillespie tune, Brownie's improvisations are so breathtaking, so well-sculpted and musically secure, that one is left breathless by his powers of invention. Unfortunately, saxist Ziggy Vine is just an OK improvisor, certainly not on the level of a Sonny Rollins, and so once Brownie is done playing there's a bit of a letdown when Vine comes in. Nevertheless, this is highly recommended to any serious student of jazz as how to improvise in a way that is both logically structured and exciting. Wynton Marsalis, take note!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Clifford October 3, 2007
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Just 2 more cents. This live version of "A Night in Tunisia" is beyond unreal. It was recorded in the back room of a record store not long before Brownie was picked to play in the horn section in the sky alongside Angel Gabriel.

Like many jazz trumpet fans, I can't pick a favorite version of "...Tunisia". There are many beautiful ones, all different, like fine wines.

That said, what Clifford played this night was pure magic.

To hear the crowd snapping, clapping, crowing, urging Brownie on, "Go, GO!", glasses word, you feel like you are THERE. I have been listening to this recording on VINYL on tape on Cd since 1974 when a sax player named Onion from a funk band called LTD played it for me, and I had to run out and get my own Lp! ...It never gets old.

Clifford was a great, great genius. What a loss for the world. Thanks, Sweet Clifford, for all you left behind. We love you, and will treasure your music forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford is king January 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Clifford Brown was arguably the greatest jazz trumpet improvisationalist. This album is arguably the best representation of that fact, in particular Night in Tunisia and Donna Lee. His power and inventiveness are pure and exquisite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Brown, Broadway Star, Finally December 27, 2010
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My first jazz record as a teen in NYC was Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street. I have always loved his playing -- a jazz immortal full of love for life. I was a counselor at a campground when I heard of his death, and it took me a long time to get over it.

But here we have, on Night in Tunisia, THE SOLO. It's made an impression on music lovers. It seems even bigger because of the ad hoc environment and players: CB at his most relaxed.

A few years ago, I attended a Washington, DC performance of the 1999 Tony Award best play, "Side Man", which is about hypothetical 50's NYC jazz men and their relationships. I knew little about the play, but was astounded when the actors started dialoguing about the great Bebop players I loved....and then, action stopped and they played THE SOLO on speakers. In silence, the actors wagged their heads and snapped their fingers for those immortal three minutes. If that wasn't a supreme Broadway tribute to CB, I don't know what betters it. Who ever heard of a play bisected by a special piece of music that tells the audience, "hey, over and above this drama, if you missed out on CB, you ought to dig him." But that's how great CB was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Brown as we all remember him. October 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Clifford's first and last performances make up this album. It only makes one think what Clifford would have done had he lived. He was improving so much, and had taken the trumpet world by storm. Today, there are few trumpet players who can even hold a candle to Clifford's greatness. It was fun to hear Clifford in the Reggae/R&B band because you can tell there is something there in his solos. He sounds intense, almost as if he was a great, uncovered secret at the time. "I Come From Jamaica" reminds me a bit of a tune Rafael Mendez played called "Bo Bo Baila". These are amusing songs. Clifford's last performance, a guest showing, features the tunes "Walkin'", "A Night In Tunisia" and "Donna Lee". Clifford solos brilliantly on all of them, especially "Night In Tunisia", where he plays one of the greatest recorded solos I've ever heard. On "Donna Lee" he goes absolutely nuts and they play the tune with such speed and precision, proving why Clifford is the man. "Walkin'" is simply a warm-up, everyone sounds great but it's less intense than the following performances. This shows what a great night out could be back in the 1950's. The painful irony is the end where Clifford says he "must go now and it's been a pleasure being here". Truly an ominous omen. Clifford was a tragic loss for the music world, and this last performance is a wonderful thing to remember him by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Lee
I gotta be honest. I keep listening to Clifford play Donna Lee. I've listened to almost nothing else. One of these days, I'll get to the rest. For now, I'm transfixed.
Published 13 months ago by RJS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Clifford Brown
This album was my first introduction to Clifford Brown back in 1978. I was so totally blown away by the last track, "Donna Lee". I couldn't believe what I was hearing... Read more
Published on December 5, 2007 by Robert Kay Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short But Sweet...Brown Was A Great One..
The man's life was cut short and this CD is also short (34 minutes) yet is a dynamic collection of music showcasing his earliest days and then his final days captured as a full... Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Strong
Clifford Brown had a Major Impact on How a Trumpet Sounded&went with other Instrumentation.this Set is what a Good Evening Out is suppose to feel like. Read more
Published on February 7, 2002 by mistermaxxx08
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant collection
This collection captures an early Clifford Brown in 1952 with Chris Powell's Blue Flames, and R&B group, and in 1956 in a lengthy blowing session ("Tunisia" and... Read more
Published on July 31, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Great, great jazz. At the end of the set--his last ever recorded; he died in a car crash on the way home from this performance--Brownie says an upbeat 'thanks and goodbye' to the... Read more
Published on February 21, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jazz & Full of Life
Snap your fingers and tap your toes! Clifford Brown delivers classic Joi de Jazz that will leave you feeling good all over. Read more
Published on March 8, 1999
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