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Although nearing his 80th birthday by the time this early-2007 session was issued near the end of the same year, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown hasn't recorded extensively as a leader. A onetime student of Lennie Tristano, he mastered the pianist's intricate reworkings of standards, though he eventually returned to a more straight-ahead approach to his instrument, becoming a descendant of Lester Young's playing style. With support from guitarist Steve Lamattina (making one of his first appearances on a widely distributed jazz CD) and veteran bassist Dennis Irwin, Brown possesses a light tone and consistently swings in these cool performances, with the rhythm section also playing at a low volume level, making for a relaxing date. Yet, Brown is very much his own man and not a "repeating pencil" trying to re-create Young's work, much like Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and other cool-toned saxophonists who paid their dues during the 1950s. There isn't a piece on the session that's less than a half-century old, but Brown and his mates make each of them sound fresh. "Cherokee," "This Can't Be Love," and "You Go to My Head" are just a few of the highlights of this rewarding CD.


Genre: Jazz

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A cool-influenced tenor saxophonist who once studied under Lennie Tristano, Ted Brown learned banjo and violin from his father, and clarinet and tenor sax from his uncle. After playing in Army bands from 1945-1947 and in Hollywood from 1947-1948, Brown moved to New York. He worked with Tristano and fellow pupils and associates Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh from 1955-1957. During that time he also recorded a session for Vanguard and worked with Ronnie Ball, plus a date in Hollywood with Marsh. He later...
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Shades of Brown, Ted Brown
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  • 94,00 kr
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 10 September 2007
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