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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1955
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy / Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046NG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When these nine sides were cut in February 1955, trumpeter Clifford Brown was not even 25 years old, but he'd already emerged as jazz's greatest trumpeter this side of Miles Davis. Whereas Davis made his mark through conception, composition, and cool tones, Brown was a blowing, blaring, blistering fire who navigated chord changes without a second's pause. This record will give listeners plenty of chance to marvel at his fleet improvisations and sharp tone, which remarkably never lost its fullness at any speed. The m.o. of the quintet was pretty well set at this point: reinvigorated standards augmented by crafty introductions and taken at full bore; sprite originals with complex melodies; and an urgency unmatched in jazz before or since. Pianist Richie Powell and tenor Harold Land admirably keep pace with the leaders. --Marc Greilsamer

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All in all, this album should be owned by ALL jazz or trumpet fans!
JetTone12
Clifford Brown's trumpet playing is most excellent, and Max Roach's drumming is fantastic.
Louis G. Duckwall
Every tune on this album is a classic and will seduce you like no other album can.
Herbert L Calhoun

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is another outstanding CD headlined by Brown and Roach, with the same fabulous line-up as the 1954 "Brown and Roach, Inc." You can't go wrong with either CD, both feature Brownie's blistering (at times) pace and full rounded tones, Roach's archetypal bop drumming, soulfully rapid soloing by Harold Land, and consistently excellent, creative work by Ritchie Powell (piano) and George Morrow (bass). Roach adds more texture and flash. His drumming is recorded much better here than on "Brown and Roach, Inc."; his fans may want to pick this one first
It opens with "Cherokee," and, after a somewhat trite beginning, Brown and Land get down to it with zip and verve. Land compliments Brown's tone beautifully, and together they swing and move all over the bop landscape. Ritchie Powell's long piano lines sound Tatum-esque, and Max Roach is particularly effective here (as he is on "Jacqui" --a clinic in bop drumming!). "George's Dilemma" features exquisite solos by Brown and an "island" beat. This is a slower, more relaxed number, with superb work by Land and bell-like sounds from Powell. This and "Gerkin for Perkin" are more in the "straight-ahead" genre, and may be enjoyed by bop and non-bop fans alike.
Powell sounds almost Basie-like on "Sandu," featuring excellent phrasing and dynamics by Brownie. His trumpet is more in the "cool" mode here, and it's just as incredible as the bop. Finally, "Take the A Train" mirrors the opening number in its somewhat gimmicky beginning (though I happen to like instruments emulating train sounds!), followed soon by dazzling work by all players. Brownie, as always, sounds self-assured and interesting, with soaring high notes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2006
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One of the three most important (not to mention brilliant) trumpet players in the history of jazz, Clifford Brown adds to his luster on this varied program of nine engaging tunes. The 1950's were indeed a "golden age" for jazz, offering up many such recorded programs by trumpet-tenor frontlines plus rhythm section. In the early sixties, modal harmonies began to prevail along with simple melodic riffs played over a single interminable rhythmic pattern. The shift can be heard not only in the musical transformations of Roach-led groups but the ensembles of Miles, Blakey, Silver, and Adderley.

"A Study in Brown" isn't a perfect session, but it would be hard to fault not just Clifford but the equally sublime Harold Land. Perhaps the man never got his due because his tenor is so completely in synch with Clifford's horn that the two speak as a single voice during the ensemble sections, uncannily so during the unison passages. It's not just the tightness but the phrasing and "contouring" of their lines. In fact, it's Land, more than Clifford, whose attention to dynamics and the "swelling" of phrases assures that the ensemble choruses take on a breathing, living quality (subtleties such as this, incidentally, would be lost, or "flattened out," were this a Blue Note rather than Emarcy recording).

Land has the unenviable task of following Brown on most of the solos, and he's invariably up to the challenge. His fluid technique, purposeful melodic ideas, and expressive use of dynamics constitute a musical voice that is no less inimitable and personal than Clifford's. The primary anticlimax occurs during the Richie Powell piano solos that follow Land's inventions. On "Land's End," Harold takes not only the first but the best of the solos. On a couple of the tunes (e.g.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JetTone12 on August 29, 2003
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Clifford Brown was a genius. On top of that, he was one of the greatest musicians. His bebop flurries are the highlights of songs like "Cherokee" and "Swingin'". Richie Powell, the pianist and brother of Bud, is also prominent throughout, as is Max Roach on drums and Harold Land on tenor. "Jacqui", Powell's composition, is a fun, bouncy tune. Clifford plays amazing solos on pretty much every selection, but considered some of his VERY best work are his solos on "Cherokee", the bouncy blues "Sandu", and his masterful sound on "If I Love Again". As the liner notes say, he has some Miles Davis-like moments there, but he is definitely still Clifford! The album's best performance, however, is the last one (last but not least I guess :)). "Take The 'A' Train". Clifford's group was actually the first to ever do this song with actual train effects. This rendition is simply ingeniously played. Max Roach's brushwork is classic. All in all, this album should be owned by ALL jazz or trumpet fans!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on June 3, 2008
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This classic is a must for anyone serious about the modern Jazz genre. Here, the truly incomparable Clifford Brown, shows us how the best of Jazz is to be performed. He and Max Roach team up to "let it all hang out." Clifford says about all he has to say on this one album, his symmetrical high intensity uptempo solos, his beautiful phrasing: Everything else after this album is a restatement.

His incredible range and virtuosity is prominently on display on the up-tempo "Cherokee." This is the version that set the inner circles of the Jazz world on fire, and stamped Brown as the best trumpeter in the land. He was headed into a Jazz orbit of his own when his life was cut short in a tragic car crash on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Every tune on this album is a classic and will seduce you like no other album can. This, for me, is the Jazz album of the Century: pick any century. Fifty stars
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