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Memorial Album Import, Original recording remastered

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Clifford Brown emerged fully formed in 1953, a trumpeter gifted with an ebullient swing and technical skills that added polish and precision to fresh invention. Foregoing both the manic pyrotechnics of Dizzy Gillespie and the laconic introversion of Miles Davis, he also provided a stylistic model for jazz trumpeters that has never gone out of style. This CD combines Brown's first two recording dates as leader, placing him in quintet and sextet settings with some of the core musicians of the New York bop scene. The first nine tracks have Brown in an inspired quintet, prodded by the twisting, off-kilter solos and comping of the brilliant and underrated pianist Elmo Hope and the sparkling complexity of drummer Philly Joe Jones. While altoist Lou Donaldson is deeply in the sway of Charlie Parker, Brown sets his own course, whether it's the boppish "Cookin'" or the standard "You Go to My Head." The final nine tracks have Art Blakey's drums driving the sextet, while altoist Gigi Gryce's understated concentration acts as an effective foil to Brown's joyous, dancing lines. Taken at a medium up-tempo, "Cherokee" is one of Brown's most effective vehicles. The alternate takes from each session highlight Brown's spontaneous creativity, while Rudy Van Gelder's remastering adds fresh focus to both his gorgeous tone and the explosive drumming. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1953
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00005MIZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ANYBODY THAT HAS GIVEN ANY CLIFFORD BROWN CD ANY LESS THAN FIVE STARS IS COMPLETELY OUT OF HIS MIND. FRIENDS, GET YOUR HANDS ON EVERYTHING THIS MAN HAS EVER RECORDED. THERE ARE NO BAD CLIFFORD BROWN CD'S. THESE ARE SOME OF BROWNIE'S EARLIEST RECORDINGS. THIS IS BEFORE ANY OF HIS BRILLIANT COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH MAX ROACH. I MAY NOT KNOW ALL OF THE RECORDING DATES LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER REVIEWERS, BUT MY EARS DON'T LIE. I HAVE HAD THIS RECORDING FOR WELL OVER TWENTY YEARS, BELIEVE ME IT IS WORTH PURCHASING.
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These 18 tracks comprise 2 different recording sessions early in Brownie's all too brief career. Tracks #1 thru #9 were recorded June 9th 1953 at WOR studios in NYC, with CB on trumpet, Lou Donaldson on alto sax, Elmo Hope on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks #10 thru #18 were recorded August 28th 1953 at Audio Video Studios in NYC, with Gigi Gryce on alto, Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums.
This is both a nice and underwhelming remaster due to a few facts. Nice because it represents each session in its entirety, unlike the original 12" LP release (which was different than the 2 sessions' original release on 2 10"LPs.) Underwhelming because even with the remaster there is still an audible low-level buzz on some of the June 9th tracks, which is inherent to the source tape, as well as drop-outs on track 17.
Seasoned CB fans should appreciate this release, but the casual or uninitiated would almost certainly be better off with Brownie's work with Max Roach during the final two years of his career. There is a fire in that material that really outshines the more conservative and rote impressions given here.
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I'll admit, I first heard Clifford Brown's name at a Rick Braun concert a few years back. Based on that mention, I purchased several different CB projects. Although I have listened to another one, this is my first review of his recordings. I also have read the other reviews. Briefly, this CD has more "laid back" tracks than other CB work. Although every track is not that way, it appears to me to be restrained. Other reviewers have the historical notes. My research indicates they are correct. Essentially, later CB projects became edgier and "hard bop." Like most music, your mood dictates what you want to listen too. This project is for that soft or smooth side. Enjoy!!!
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