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Clifford Brown With Strings [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Clifford BrownAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000006P6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In his brief career before dying at age 25 in an automobile accident, Clifford Brown became one of the most influential trumpeters in jazz, with a rich brassy sound, an almost classical precision, and a clarion fluency of line that would inspire players from Lee Morgan to Terence Blanchard. While string settings have had a mixed reception in jazz, beloved by some musicians while rejected outright by purist listeners, Brown's is one of the more successful. The arrangements by Neal Hefti provide lush settings for the trumpeter's gorgeous sound, while Brown's usual bandmates--pianist Richie Powell, bassist George Morrow, and drummer Max Roach--provide some necessary propulsion. "Laura" and "Stardust" have seldom been caressed with the romance and grace heard here. --Stuart Broomer

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give It Up For The Band December 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is indeed an incredible and magical piece of work; in no small measure due to the 'Strings" from the title. Unfortunately and uncharacteristically, Verve Records has seen fit to not give credit where it is also due beyond the talents of Mr. Brown, Mr. Roach, Mr. Hefti, etc.

Despite a new set of liner notes that include interview quotes and rememberances including the following quote from Mr. Hefti "They were the top studio string players in New York...", the Strings remain "unknown". set the record straight about one "unknown String", please know all you jazz fans that the late Mac Ceppos, an accomplished violinist,jazz violin innovator, band leader, arranger and accompianist for the likes of Patty Page and Perry Como, and my Grandfather, played on this recording. It was one of his proudest pieces of work, one that he shared with me as a child and young adult. He knew the magnitude of the record. It is a shame that he and the other proud, passionate musical artists in this and other records of this era are relagated to anonymity.

By the way, if you're wondering which one he is, look at the photos from the back of the original album cover. The bottom left photo of Hefti conducting the Strings...the man in the black suit left of Hefti's head...that's my Grandpa. He was a fine man and a marvelous musician. Enjoy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the first bars of the first song, you'll be hooked. December 14, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Clifford Brown, the legendary jazz musician who died too young, speaks to you with his trumpet just as eloquently as if he were singing the lyric. From the opening tune, "Yesterdays," the strings of Neal Hefti set off a mellow mood, and then in comes the trumpet, and the song belongs to Brownie. His renditions of these sumptuous melodies are as emotional and expressive as the songs themselves, all standards -- the very best. Although Clifford Brown was definitely a hard bop jazz musician, and while his recording career lasted less than four years, in that time, he put out a sizable amount of quality jazz material. Fortunately, he also listened to his young wife, LaRue, who urged him to make a recording of all ballads, and here he proved for posterity that he had a sensibility as astute as the leading balladeers of any day. "Embraceable You,""Willow Weep For Me,""Someone To Watch Over Me" are all classics, made more so with his touch; "Portrait of Jennie" and the haunting, "Laura," are so poignant, it is regrettable that these version were recorded too late to accompany the movies of the 1940's.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest. September 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Clifford was one of the greatest players to ever live, and this album proves it as much as any of his other releases. Whoever called it "whitebread" has no idea what they're talking about! Clifford puts his heart and soul into each one of these beautiful ballads. The strings are phenomenal, unfortunately they go un-named on this release. Clifford's playing, both technically and musically, is at a whole new peak. Many jazz artists like to record with strings, but none of them could do it like Clifford did. The arrangements by Neal Hefti are amazing. Each song has a similar flavor to it, but Clifford brings something new to each song making it so extremely memorable. This album is very romantic. I probably have every song memorized. From the haunting "Yesterdays" to the tender renditions of "Laura" and "What's New?" to poignant pieces like "Portrait Of Jenny", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Willow Weep For Me", this is one you'll love, especially if you're a big fan of Clifford's wonderful playing. The best is saved for last, the version of "Stardust" is absolutely the best one you'll ever find. What Clifford did with this tune is exceptional. One of my favorite songs to play and hear, even today. I've had this album for almost five years and can still put it in and listen to it, and enjoy every song. Recommended extremely highly. Must have.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good "With Strings" Jazz CD! August 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Several jazz musicians have tried "with strings" albums (e.g., Bird) to varying effect. I'm happy to report that this works extremely well. The strings, (arranged by Neal Hefti) never overpower Brownie's playing. Rather they set down a background against which one hears the extraordinary ideas and famous round tone of Brown. Only on a few songs (for example, "Laura") did I feel that the strings were too much in the foreground.
Nothing challenging here... but this is an album that soothes and nourishes. Aside from the strings, there is excellent understated accompaniment by Max Roach on drums, Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow on bass (i.e., the great Brown group of the era), and Barry Galbraith on guitar.
These are all standards, taken at a relaxed pace: Highlights include the power and tone of "Yesterdays," the interplay between strings and trumpet on "Cant's Help Lovin' Dat Man," the lyrical, fluid playing on "Embraceable You," the yearning sounds and short fast riffs of "Memories of You"
Those who like Brownie's playing should check out his more famous (and typical) hard bop efforts-all excellent. Very highly recommended-as long as you don't mind some orchestra (and some sentimentalism) in your jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Brown with Strings
Clifford Brown, the greatest trumpeter records jazz with strings that will leave you wanting more and more. This CD is totally awesome! five stars!!
Published 3 months ago by Charles Hines Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jazz Music
I read about it in a Micharl Connelly, starring Harry Bosch, book and I have found i like his choice of music. Will be following up with another soon, Love the old Jazz. Rob C.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars never gets old
a must have if you love real jazz classical music. the real deal, can not go wrong. completes any jazz collection.
Published 9 months ago by shonuff
I really enjoy this cd because I enjoy most instrumental music no matter the instrument. I also enjoy piano instrumentals
Published 18 months ago by CARMEN MALCOLM
5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Brown With Strings
This is an album that I can't do without. When I first heard it, I was blown away. I like jazz but I LOVE this album. Should be in everyone's collection.
Published 20 months ago by Shelly Dorfman
5.0 out of 5 stars Trumpet Legend
What can I say about the dearly departed genius of Clifford Brown that hasn't already been said? I think the big difference with this album is that it is very romantic, with the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bryan Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brownie with Strings
As I sit her at my computer & listen to this CD, I am reminded "Brownie," was an influential and highly rated American jazz trumpeter. Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by Jerlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Brown with Strings
Can't go wrong with one of the greatest trumpet players who ever lived. This one with strings is one of my all-time favorite albums. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by G. Lim
3.0 out of 5 stars shrill
I had very high expectations for this album, so I'm a bit disappointed. The sound of the Verve "Master Edition" is quite bright and I had to turn the treble control all the way... Read more
Published on September 2, 2010 by D. Perrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this jazz? Whatever it is, it sounds good!
I'm not the biggest connoisseur of jazz but I had to pick this one up. Cathy Hughes mentioned (during an interview with Quincy Jones) that this was one of her favorite pieces of... Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Biluxi
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