Clifford Brown: One Night at Birdland
Today is the birthday of Clifford Brown, born October 30, 1930. He would have been 83 years old today.
Clifford Brown’s first recording sessions in the summer of 1953 with Tadd Dameron (Prestige) and Lou Donaldson, J.J. Johnson and his own date (all for Blue Note) announced an amazing new talent. I think the bulk of the jazz public first became aware of him through the three volcanic 10” LPs (later 2 12” LPs) entitled A Night At Birdland with The Art Blakey Quintet. This recording session was the launch of so many careers, as well as The Jazz Messengers and the Blue Note sound. Not a bad night’s work.
-Photo of Clifford Brown and Lou Donaldson at Birdland, February 21, 1954, by Francis Wolff.
The complete music from One Night at Birdland was issued as part of the Mosaic Records box set The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings of Clifford Brown, now out of print.
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We remember Clifford.
Some framed Herman Leonard prints.
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Sarah Vaughan on Emarcy records. Highlights are Clifford Brown on trumpet, Roy Haynes on drums and Paul Quinichette on tenor sax.
In my inbox: Details about the new 4LP Clifford Brown and Max Roach boxset from Mosaic Records.
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art: photo of Clifford Brown by Herman Leonard in NYC, 1954
Ebony magazine, August 1969
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - I Remember Clifford (Live)
Benny Golson wrote this song in memory, and honor of Clifford Brown. On this rendition, Lee Morgan’s tone is beautiful.
Born on this day - Clifford Brown
That’s Gigi Gryce to his right, and Curly Russell behind him.
Photo taken by Francis Wolff
By some strange co-incidence I have had Clifford Brown on the brain the last couple of days. Turns out tomorrow, October 30th, is his birthday.
So excuse me if I start my Brownie celebration a day early…..
Worth the hunt to find: The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions
Born on this day: Richie Powell
Richie Powell, like his older brother Bud Powell, was a pianist. He was part of the Max Roach and Clifford Brown quintet that included George Morrow, Harold Land, and later on, Sonny Rollins.
While Richie was a fine pianist, something he rarely gets credit for are his arranging skills. Before his untimely death in the car accident that also claimed his wife, as well as Clifford Brown, he arranged the ‘Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street' LP. He was only 24 at the time, which makes it really remarkable that someone so young could put together something so tight, cohesive, and exemplary.
The song above is titled ‘Powell’s Prances’. It really showcases the talent the entire group had. If you don’t have the Basin Street album, then go get it. It’s great stuff.