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Album · 1956

Filed under Bop
By CLIFFORD BROWN

Tracklist

A1 Hymn of the Orient
A2 Easy Living
A3 Minor Mood
A4 Cherokee
A5 Wail Bait
B1 Brownie Speaks
B2 De-Dah
B3 Cookin'
B4 You Go to My Head
B5 Carving the Rock

CD reissue track list:
1. Hymn of the Orient (4:07)
2. Easy Living (3:43)
3. Minor Mood (4:35)
4. Cherokee (3:26)
5. Wail Bait (4:02)
6. Brownie Eyes (3:57)
7. Brownie Speaks (3:48)
8. De-Dah (4:53)
9. Cookin' (3:15)
10. You Go to My Head (4:22)
11. Carving the Rock (3:56)
12. Bellarosa (4:15)

Total Time: 48:23

Line-up/Musicians

- Lou Donaldson /Alto Saxophone (tracks: 6 to 10)
- Gigi Gryce /Alto Saxophone, Flute (tracks: 1 to 5)
- Percy Heath /Bass
- "Philly" Joe Jones /Drums (tracks: 6 to 10) - Art Blakey /Drums (tracks: 1 to 5)
- Elmo Hope /Piano (tracks: 6 to 10)
- John Lewis /Piano (tracks: 1 to 5)
- Charlie Rouse /Tenor Saxophone (tracks: 1 to 5)
- Clifford Brown /Trumpet

About this release

Blue Note ‎– BLP 1526 (US)

1-5 Recorded August 28, 1953 at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey.
6-10 Recorded June 9, 1953 at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey.

Re-released on CD by Toshiba EMI Ltd (1995)

Thanks to snobb, EZ Money for the updates

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(This review was written using the original vinyl LP release). I love these old jazz records that give you an artist playing with two different bands on the same record, it’s a great way to hear an artist’s development and how they react in different groups. This album was recorded when ‘Brownie’ was new on the scene and still playing in the bop tradition of the time. In a few years he and Max Roach will forge a new bluesier sound to be called hard bop. You can already hear the blues in Brown’s bop playing, he’s not as technical as Diz, nor as introspective as Miles, but Brown’s playing is always bright, energetic, melodic and a pure pleasure to listen to.

The first recording date is actually on side 2 and sounds a little more modern than side 1. Side 2’s band features the aggressive almost avant-garde leaning drum work of Philly Jo Jones who plays lots of busy fills. You can hear the roots of Tony Williams and Elvin Jones in his adventurous stick work. Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is on fire and even outshines Clifford on a couple tunes. The side 1 band features a double saxophone section that makes for a very appealing retro swing band sound. Blakey’s drumming is more conservative and in the pocket than Philly Jo, but still great.

This early record is not considered one of Clifford Brown’s best, that will come later with Max Roach, but it is still has some great be-bop with all the bright positive high-octane energy you would expect from this era in jazz.

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