CLIFFORD BROWN

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Clifford Brown, aka "Brownie", (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956) was an influential and highly-rated American jazz trumpeter. Despite an abbreviated recording career of only 4 years duration (due to his early death), he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, and especially Valery Ponomarev.

He won the Down Beat critics' poll for the 'New Star of the Year' in 1954; he was inducted into the Down Beat 'Jazz Hall of Fame' in 1972 in the critics' poll. Sandoval described him as "one of what we call the mandatory trumpet players" who was "one of the greatest trumpet players of all time".

Wilmington, Delaware, (where Brownie was born and is buried), hosts an annual jazz fest in his honor. Sponsored by the cities arts commission known as Citifest, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is
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CLIFFORD BROWN Discography

CLIFFORD BROWN albums / top albums

CLIFFORD BROWN New Star on the Horizon (aka Clifford Brown Sextet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Star on the Horizon (aka Clifford Brown Sextet)
Bop 1953
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown And Max Roach (aka Jordu) album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Clifford Brown And Max Roach (aka Jordu)
Bop 1954
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown All Stars (aka Caravan) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown All Stars (aka Caravan)
Bop 1954
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown Quartet
Bop 1954
CLIFFORD BROWN Jam Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jam Session
Bop 1954
CLIFFORD BROWN Brown And Roach Incorporated (with Max Roach) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Brown And Roach Incorporated (with Max Roach)
Bop 1955
CLIFFORD BROWN With Strings (aka Trompette Magique) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With Strings (aka Trompette Magique)
Bop 1955
CLIFFORD BROWN Study In Brown (with Max Roach) album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Study In Brown (with Max Roach)
Bop 1955
CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial Album album cover 4.04 | 5 ratings
Memorial Album
Bop 1956
CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Memorial
Bop 1956
CLIFFORD BROWN At Basin Street (with Max Roach) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
At Basin Street (with Max Roach)
Bop 1956
CLIFFORD BROWN Jazz Immortal (aka Warm!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Immortal (aka Warm!)
Bop 1960
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris
Big Band 1970
CLIFFORD BROWN The Beginning And The End album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beginning And The End
Bop 1973
CLIFFORD BROWN Brownie Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brownie Eyes
Bop 1974
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown All Stars ‎: Jams 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown All Stars ‎: Jams 2
Bop 1983
CLIFFORD BROWN More Study in Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Study in Brown
Bop 1983
CLIFFORD BROWN More Memorable Tracks (aka Alternate Takes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Memorable Tracks (aka Alternate Takes)
Bop 1984

CLIFFORD BROWN EPs & splits

CLIFFORD BROWN live albums

CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown & Max Roach : Raw Genius 1, Live At The Bee Hive Chicago 1955 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown & Max Roach : Raw Genius 1, Live At The Bee Hive Chicago 1955
Bop 1977
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown and Max Roach Live at the Bee Hive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown and Max Roach Live at the Bee Hive
Bop 1979
CLIFFORD BROWN Pure Genius Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pure Genius Volume One
Bop 1982
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet : The Last Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet : The Last Concert
Bop 2005
CLIFFORD BROWN Together: Recorded Live At Dolphy's Home, Los Angeles 1954 (with Eric Dolphy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Together: Recorded Live At Dolphy's Home, Los Angeles 1954 (with Eric Dolphy)
Bop 2005
CLIFFORD BROWN At the Cotton Club 1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Cotton Club 1956
Bop 2007
CLIFFORD BROWN The Lost Reharsals 1953-1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Reharsals 1953-1956
Bop 2009
CLIFFORD BROWN Plays Trumpet & Piano (The Complete Solo Rehearsals) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Trumpet & Piano (The Complete Solo Rehearsals)
Bop 2009
CLIFFORD BROWN Live at Music City 1955 & More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Music City 1955 & More
Bop 2010

CLIFFORD BROWN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CLIFFORD BROWN re-issues & compilations

CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memorial Vol. 3
Bop 1957
CLIFFORD BROWN Remember Clifford (US Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remember Clifford (US Version)
Bop 1963
CLIFFORD BROWN Remember Clifford (European Version) (aka Easy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remember Clifford (European Version) (aka Easy)
Bop 1963
CLIFFORD BROWN The Immortal Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Immortal Clifford Brown
Bop 1964
CLIFFORD BROWN 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Inédits" (The Many Faces of Jazz, Vol. 7)
Bop 1968
CLIFFORD BROWN The Clifford Brown Quartet In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clifford Brown Quartet In Paris
Bop 1970
CLIFFORD BROWN The Clifford Brown Sextet In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clifford Brown Sextet In Paris
Bop 1970
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown In Paris
Bop 1972
CLIFFORD BROWN The Quintet [The EmArcy Jazz Series] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quintet [The EmArcy Jazz Series]
Bop 1973
CLIFFORD BROWN Trumpet Masters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trumpet Masters
Bop 1974
CLIFFORD BROWN The Complete Paris Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Paris Collection
Bop 1976
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown (I grandi del Jazz, 75) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown (I grandi del Jazz, 75)
Bop 1980
CLIFFORD BROWN The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings
Bop 1986
CLIFFORD BROWN Brownie: The Complete EmArcy Recordings of Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brownie: The Complete EmArcy Recordings of Clifford Brown
Bop 1989
CLIFFORD BROWN Compact Jazz: Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compact Jazz: Clifford Brown
Bop 1990
CLIFFORD BROWN The Complete Paris Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Paris Sessions
Bop 1991
CLIFFORD BROWN Complete Paris Session, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Paris Session, Volume 1
Bop 1991
CLIFFORD BROWN CLIFFORD BROWN (Dizionario enciclopedico del Jazz - Curcio) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
CLIFFORD BROWN (Dizionario enciclopedico del Jazz - Curcio)
Bop 1991
CLIFFORD BROWN The Complete Paris Sessions, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Paris Sessions, Volume 2
Bop 1994
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown on Blue Note & Pacific Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown on Blue Note & Pacific Jazz
Bop 1995
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown & Max Roach : Verve Jazz Masters 44 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown & Max Roach : Verve Jazz Masters 44
Bop 1995
CLIFFORD BROWN The Best Of Clifford Brown-The Blue Note Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Clifford Brown-The Blue Note Years
Bop 1998
CLIFFORD BROWN Ultimate Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Clifford Brown
Bop 1998
CLIFFORD BROWN Complete Paris Sessions, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Paris Sessions, Vol. 3
Bop 1998
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown's Finest Hour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown's Finest Hour
Bop 2000
CLIFFORD BROWN Brownie Speaks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brownie Speaks
Bop 2001
CLIFFORD BROWN The Definitive Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Clifford Brown
Bop 2002
CLIFFORD BROWN Complete Metronome & Vogue Master Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Metronome & Vogue Master Takes
Bop 2003
CLIFFORD BROWN Modern Jazz Archive No. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Jazz Archive No. 4
Bop 2004
CLIFFORD BROWN Complete 1955 Live at the Bee Hive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete 1955 Live at the Bee Hive
Bop 2004
CLIFFORD BROWN Joy Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joy Spring
Bop 2005
CLIFFORD BROWN Once in a While!!!! The Music of Clifford Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Once in a While!!!! The Music of Clifford Brown
Bop 2006
CLIFFORD BROWN Easy Living (Quadromania Jazz Edition) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy Living (Quadromania Jazz Edition)
Bop 2006
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown and Max Roach ‎: Complete Studo Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown and Max Roach ‎: Complete Studo Recordings
Bop 2007
CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown & the Ladies of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Brown & the Ladies of Jazz
Bop 2008
CLIFFORD BROWN Four Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Classic Albums
Bop 2008
CLIFFORD BROWN The Emarcy Master Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Emarcy Master Takes
Bop 2010
CLIFFORD BROWN New York 1954-55 Two Original Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York 1954-55 Two Original Albums
Bop 2010
CLIFFORD BROWN Kind of Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kind of Brown
Bop 2012
CLIFFORD BROWN Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings
Bop 2014

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CLIFFORD BROWN Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris

Album · 1970 · Big Band
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Much like Hendrix, Dolphy and Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown was one of those brilliant artists who died way too young, and just like the aforementioned three artists, his fans still scramble to find anything he recorded and put it out in various slapped together collections. The title “The Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris”, is misleading, as the musicians on here were never part of any Clifford Brown Big Band. Instead, this is a collection of tracks that were recorded by musicians who were on a 1953 tour of Europe with Lionel Hampton’s big band. This core of American jazz musicians was supplemented by some local French musicians as well. The sessions were put together by French pianist Henri Renaud, and heavily feature the solos of Clifford, who was a rising star at that time. Also of note is the presence of the young Quincy Jones, who provides some compositions, arrangements and even piano comping on one track. There is some good music on here, but some tracks feature less than great recording quality, and the inclusion of alternate takes and little incomplete excerpts make this much more for Clifford Brown collectors than casual listeners.

The CD opens with a big band playing two takes of “Brown Skins”, two takes of “Keeping Up with Jonesy” and one take of “Bum’s Rush”. The alternate takes on any of these songs can only be interesting to Cliff Brown fanatics, and since they are placed in sequence with the good tracks, they become a nuisance to someone who just wants to hear some good music. Having said that, the playing is quite good, but the recording is not great, it sounds like there was one mic for the whole band in a small radio performance style recording setting. On the plus side, Brown plays some great solos, and Quincy Jones fans can hear the young Quincy working out his new big band style on his two originals.

The rest of the CD features two different eight piece bands playing two takes each of “Chez Moi” and “All Weird”. Once again, the alternate takes are sub-par, while the two good takes feature much better recording quality than the previous big band tracks. The final takes of these two tracks are what make this CD worth the purchase, even if some of the musicians seem to struggle with the complex changes to Brown’s “All Weird”. The other factor that makes this CD worth the purchase is its extensive and helpful liner notes. Clifford Brown collectors should also note that this CD is the third in a three part series that deals with Brown’s 1953 tour of Europe. Of course this CD is highly recommended for Clifford Brown completionists, and be-bop collectors, but for someone just looking for something to listen to, the weak alternate takes and incomplete tracks need to be taken out, then you might have an okay CD.

CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial Album

Album · 1956 · Bop
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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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