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Brownie and Max

What a great combo this was! Brownie was just a superb player...for some reason I think of Willie Mays as a sports analogue to Clifford Brown...clean, sharp and brilliant. And, of course, Max was the best bop/hard bop dummer this this of Klook (Kenny Clarke).

This is great jazz, but, it IS *jazz* and nothing else, so don't expect anything "smooth" or "funky" or "easy listening". I'm just sayin....

Clifford & Max

I've been listening to this west coast jazz since my college days (circa 1958). Clifford had a very short career but even now 50 years later his characteristic little "start of a bleep" entry into a note identifies him. That's how I remember Clifford (see Arturo Sandoval) and I know it's not Chet, not _________. Max Roach made albums with Rollins, Stitt. Mulligan and so many that are recognized and remembered for the other guys. And indeed a great many other guys learned to play drums in Max's style - still do. Here you have an album which condenses what that much imitated sound was all about. It's classic. If you are a collector, if you are a student, you want this benchmark in your collection.

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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