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The Complete Blue Note & Pacific Jazz Recordings Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, October 10, 1995
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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Blue Note Records / Pacific Jazz
  • ASIN: B000005H1H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bellarosa
2. Carvin' The Rock (Alternate #1)
3. Carvin' The Rock
4. Cookin' (Alternate)
5. Cookin'
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Capri (Alternate)
2. Capri
3. Lover Man
4. Turnpike
5. Turnpike (Alternate)
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Split Kick
2. Once In A While
3. Quicksilver
4. Wee Dot (Alternate)
5. Blues
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Wee Dot
2. If I Had You
3. Quicksilver (Alternate)
4. The Way You Look Tonight
5. Lou's Blues
See all 7 tracks on this disc

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When this angel of a man, trumpeter Clifford Brown, died in a fatal auto accident in the summer of 1956, he was still in his mid-20s, an emerging star as the co-leader (with drummer Max Roach and young tenor giant Sonny Rollins) of the most dynamic hard-bop ensemble of its time. Their Mercury recordings are simply transcendent, but as these four CDs demonstrate, by 1953-1954 Brownie's technical command of the trumpet and of complex chord changes was exceeded only by his indomitable rhythmic drive and lyric fluidity. The studio sides are distinguished by some magnificent small-group arrangements, such as Elmo Hope's on "Carvin' the Rock" and Gigi Gryce's on "Hymn of the Orient," where Brownie's bluesy intensity cause pianist John Lewis to pop a woody. And goaded on by drummer Art Blakey, Brownie's epic solos on the two Birdland discs show why, in solo after solo, chorus after chorus, he never failed to deliver the goods--and why he remains the most influential jazz trumpeter some 40 years after his death. --Chip Stern

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As every jazz fan knows Clifford Brown died tragically in car accident at the age of 25.
Michael Brad Richman
With this invaluable collection I feel that I am well on my way to assembling the "Clifford Brown" section of my music library.
El Roi
I believe that the high point of this treasure is a live recording done at Birdland with the Art Blakey quintet.
David Marshall

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As every jazz fan knows Clifford Brown died tragically in car accident at the age of 25. This box set collects all of the excellent music Brown made for Blue Note and Pacific as a leader and a sideman. There isn't a bad session in the bunch -- "Memorial Album," "Jazz Immortal," "The Eminent J.J. Johnson Volume 1" and both volumes of Art Blakey's "A Night in Birdland" are all jazz classics. Put them together in a cool scrapbook-style binder case (that until the recent Miles Columbia and Coltrane Impulse box sets was the most innovative and useful packaging for a CD box set in jazz in my opinion) and you've got one of handsomest reissues in jazz. However, don't judge a CD box set by its cover alone, the music inside is what counts and it's timeless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By madamemusico on September 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I know that just about everything Clifford Brown recorded is golden; a former friend of mine, more into trad jazz than bebop, once stated simply, "Clifford Brown could play ANYTHING and make it great", and if I had to pick a single Brown track as my favorite it would be his EmArcy version of "Ghost of a Chance." But these Blue Note and Pacific Jazz recordings, for some reason, just sound more "alive" than much of the EmArcy output. Maybe there was just something about the feeling of discovery, of other musicians listening to what Brownie was playing and responding in kind; maybe it's just because I like Gigi Gryce and the other saxists here better than I like Harold Land; or maybe it's because there is more variety of settings and tunes here than in his EmArcy output; but for whatever reason, this music just sounds so "alive" from first track to last. Of course, the final session, a live date at Birdland with the embryonic Jazz Messengers directed by Art Blakey, is indeed an "in-person" experience, but even the earlier tracks are bursting with excitement. And I especially love Brownie's own composition "Tiny Capers," a sort of jazz fugue in the beginning that seems to be custom-tailored for the West Coast musicians he recorded with at that session.

Too many highlights to talk about here, but to listen to the whole thing capped by that brilliant Birdland session will just blow you away. This is without question one of the greatest sets of jazz recordings in the entire history of the music, not a single routine or uninteresting track in the entire box.
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Format: Audio CD
I've always been a fan of trumpet music ever since the early seventies and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (like Classics Volume 1). And when it comes to jazz, I enjoy all the greats, such as Davis, Marsalis, Dorham, Navarro, among others. But, I'm rapidly heading towards becoming a convert to the church of Clifford. Brown brings a different sort of dimension to the instrument, one which established the "jazz trumpet sound" that only the greatest players ever successfully imitate. There is some innate passion about Brown's playing, and in this 4-CD compendium, the listener gets to experience that across a broad range of songs, styles, and eras. Brown was a master at making the trumpet sound the way the songs sound, and that is what makes this set such a gem. Up when he needs up, down when he needs down, always the master of his intrument and never bound to its will, this is what a trumpet sounds like when they say "it sings". As was pointed out by another reviewer, most of this set has been issued in other places, so if you have JJ Johnson or Art Blakey in your collection already, you can probably forego this set, but if not, I recommend getting this set and being done with the other works. To round out your Clifford Brown recordings, I also highly recommend , one of my favorite jazz recordings of all time, Helen Merrill's Complete Recordings. Clifford's solo on "Don't Explain" is as stunning as Merrill's passionate (that word again) singing.
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By El Roi on November 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have only recently discovered the great Clifford Brown. I had read of him at [...] and [...] and heard mention of him in Ken Burn's "Jazz" and "Blue Note: The History Of Modern Jazz" documentaries. However, until recently I had not possessed any of his work. With this invaluable collection I feel that I am well on my way to assembling the "Clifford Brown" section of my music library. In Brownie's short, but incredible career he played with two of the most prolific Jazz drummers of all time, Max Roach and Art Blakey. The only known live recording of Brownie with the seminal Art Blakey came on the night of February 21, 1954 at the legendary "Birdland" in New York City. The unbelievable line-up on that once-in-a-life-time evening included not only Brownie on trumpet and Blakey on drums, but also Lou Donaldson on alto sax, Horace Silver on piano and Curly Russell on bass. The music from that magical evening that makes up two of the four discs in this set represents some of the best Jazz you will ever hear. Period. The remaining two discs are comprised of not only some of Brownie's earliest work as a leader, but the studio work Brownie had done with both Donaldson in the "Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet" and Blakey in the "Clifford Brown Sextet" in 1953 along with material from the Jay Jay Johnson Sextet. I was lucky enough to acquired a near mint used copy of this set for about half of what a new copy costs. However, after hearing the caliber of the material and quality of recording (this stuff really sounds great) on these four discs I would have gladly paid the full admission price.
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