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Clifford Brown
(b. 10/30/30 - Wilmington, DE    d. 6/26/56 - Philadelphia, PA)

Title: Brown and Roach, Inc.
Personnel: Clifford Brown (trumpet), Max Roach (Drums), Harold Land (tenor sax), George Morrow (bass), Richie Powell (piano).
Recorded: 1954
Label: Emarcy/Verve
Comments: Clifford Brown was unique in his day for his crystal clear tone, immaculate technique, and "clean" style of living, and was much loved and much admired by his fellow musicians. The jazz world was dealt a terrible blow by his early death in an automobile accident on the way to a gig in 1956 (Richie Powell, Bud Powell's little brother, also died in the accident that night). This record documents Clifford as a co-leader with Max, after he got his start in the Art Blakey Band the year earlier.

Title: Clifford Brown with Strings
Personnel: Clifford Brown (trumpet), Max Roach (Drums), George Morrow (bass), Barry Galbraith (piano), Neal Hefti Orchestra.
Recorded: 1955
Label: Emarcy/Verve
Comments: A wonderful CD highlighting Clifford's tone backed up by the warm arrangements by the master musician, Neal Hefti.


Title: Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown
Personnel: Clifford Brown (trumpet), Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Herbie Mann (flute), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Sarah Vaughan (vocals).
Recorded: 1954
Label: Emarcy/Verve
Comments: This important CD highlights Clifford in the traditional role of sideman, unique in his pairing with Roy Haynes, both backing up the up-and-coming star, Sarah Vaughan.

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