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This out of print LP, Lem Winchester's first as a leader, matches his vibes with the early Ramsey Lewis Trio on a tribute to the late trumpeter Clifford Brown. They perform two of Brownie's best compositions ("Joy Spring" and "Sandu"), four standards (including "Jordu"), the obscure "A Message from Boysie," and Winchester's "Where It Is." A good example of Ramsey Lewis' original piano style, the little-known set is actually excellent and would be easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans if it could be found.

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a tribute to clifford brown

this is such a GREAT (CD) album. i've played the LP since i purchased new in the 50's. if you are considering purchasing any work by the ramsey lewis trio or lem winchester, this is one you should buy. the rendition of several songs remind me "i remember clifford" by john lewis.


Born: March 19, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Lem Winchester had great potential as a vibraphonist but it was all cut short by a tragic accident. Influenced by Milt Jackson but developing a sound of his own, Winchester actually played tenor, baritone, and piano before choosing to stick exclusively to vibes. A police officer in Wilmington, Delaware, he made a big impression at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and was soon recording regularly with such major players as Oliver Nelson, Benny Golson, and Tommy Flanagan. Winchester resigned...
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