LAWRENCE BROWN

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Trombonist

Born: Lawrence, Kansas, 3 August 1907,

Died: Los Angeles. California, 6 September 1988.

WHEN Lawrence Brown joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1932, he changed not only Ellington's music, but the whole approach to jazz trombone playing.

Until his appearance only a few trombonists, like Jimmy Harrison, Jack Teagarden and Jay C. Higginbotham, had managed to break free from the circus-type noises which had been accepted as the horns metier. These three had given the trombone a new eloquence and had dispensed with the very basic role developed for the instrument by the earlier New Orleans players like Kid Ory and Honore Dutrey.

Brown brought to the instrument another kind of eloquence, based on a sweetness and purity of tone which he introduced to jazz. Later, too, he became one of the best blues players on his instrument.

His arrival in the Ellington band started a controversy that is still discussed today. The audiences
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LAWRENCE BROWN Slide Trombone Featuring Lawrence Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slide Trombone Featuring Lawrence Brown
Swing 1955
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Inspired Abandon
Swing 1965

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