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Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street

Clifford Brown & Max Roach

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Album Review

According to the original 1955 liner notes to Clifford Brown and Max Roach, the announcement that Clifford Brown and Max Roach had begun recording and playing together sent shock waves throughout the jazz community and predictions ran rampant about how the two might shape bop to come. The last duo to really shape the music had begun over ten years earlier, with the relationship between Bird and Diz. This recording was early fruit from a tree that would only live as long as Clifford Brown was around to water it (1956, the year of his tragic auto accident). The result is by far some of the warmest and most sincere bebop performed and committed to tape. Brown's tone is undeniably and characteristically warm, and he keeps the heat on alongside Roach's lilting vamps and pummeling solos. What really keeps this record on the orange side of things (other than the decidedly orange cover) is the solo work of saxophonist Harold Land, who plays part Bird and part Benny Goodman. His tone is as delightful as it gets on the sultry "Deliah" and as bop-expressive as it gets on "The Blues Walk" and "Parisian Thoroughfare," where he and Brownie go head to head blowing expressive runs of sheer New York-style jazz. This collection of songs runs a nice gamut between boplicity and pleasant balladry. It represents bop at its best and is recommended for collectors and casual fans alike. [The 2000 Verve reissue includes alternate takes of "The Blues Walk," "Daahoud," and "Joy Spring."]

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Great album, but iTunes drops the ball yet again

I wish Apple would show the courtesy of bothering to be complete and correct, even in such an unpopular genre as jazz. This album as sold on iTunes is missing many of its classic songs and alternate takes, but more importantly, iTunes' album description is for a completely different Clifford Brown album. This isn't as bad a mistake as some of the other mistakes iTunes has made (not offering the track "My Favorite Things" on John Coltrane's album "My Favorite Things," for instance), but for anything that calls itself a music store, it is still inexcusable.

Biography

Born: October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, DE

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s

Clifford Brown's death in a car accident at the age of 25 was one of the great tragedies in jazz history. Already ranking with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis as one of the top trumpeters in jazz, Brownie was still improving in 1956. Plus he was a clean liver and was not even driving; the...
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop, Bop
  • Released: Aug 07, 1990

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