Saturday Night Tunes: Study in Brown

August 31, 2014

and that's the way it was

Sorry this is late, and brief, but I’ve been on the road most of the day. Clifford Brown died in a car crash in 1956 at the age of only 26, having only been making jazz records for a scant 4 years. Despite his tragically short career and life, he’s rightly remembered as one of the all-time great bebop and hard bop trumpeters. His virtuosity with the instrument is almost unbelievable, and his collaboration with drummer Max Roach was every bit as dynamic a hard bop pairing as the Art Blakey-Horace Silver combo that became the Jazz Messengers.

Study in Brown (released in 1955) is a real gem; aside from Brown on trumpet and Roach on drums, the album features tenor saxophonist Harold Land, George Morrow on bass, and Richie Powell, whose life would be cut short in the same crash that killed Brown, on piano. Since it’s late, let’s…

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