This 1954 Art Farmer recording is an excellent example of how and when Bebop began to transitioned Read more →
I will feature the “Brown and Roach Incorporated” album tonight and for the rest of this week. Look for all times on in at the Schedule link. I will only play it once a day and until Sunday. Start time will be from 9:00 PM to 9:15 (New York Eastern Time) This will be the first of many great Albums that I will be featuring. Here’s more on this particular one:
BROWN & ROACH INC. is a specially imported, limited-edition reissue with 3 bonus tracks. All tracks have been digitally remastered (24-bit).
Given all the Clifford Brown compilations that have saturated the market, it’s nice to hear a full original album by the lauded trumpeter. On this 1954 release, Brown–who died in a ’56 car wreck at age 25–teams up with drummer Max Roach, and the result is a classic set of bebop. Standards “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy” are played with mastery, and originals “Sweet Clifford” and “Mildama” by Brown and Roach respectively, highlight the two virtuosos’ technical and conceptual abilities; breathtaking trumpet and drum solos are heard on both cuts. However, it is the wistful “Darn That Dream” that steals the show on this record…...Read More
Clifford Brown Biography:
Clifford Brown was born October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands. By his late teens he had attracted the favourable attention of leading jazzmen, including fellow trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro. At the end of the 40s he was studying music at Maryland University and in 1952, following recovery from a serious road accident, he made his first records with Chris Powell and Tadd Dameron. In the autumn of 1953 he was a member of the big band Lionel Hampton took to Europe. Liberally filled with precocious talent, this band attracted considerable attention during its tour. Contrary to contractual stipulations, many of the young musicians moonlighted on various recordings and Brown in particular was singled out for such sessions. Back in the USA, Brown was fired along with most of the rest of the band when Hampton learned of the records they had made. Brown then joined Art Blakey and in mid-1954 teamed up with Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. The quintet was quickly recognized as one of the outstanding groups in contemporary jazz and Brown as a major trumpeter and composer. On June 26th, 1956, while driving between engagements during a nationwide tour, Brown and another quintet member, pianist Richie Powell, were killed in a road accident…..Learn More