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Hard bop doesn't get much better than this. Trumpet prodigy Brown's rapport with drum demon Roach, trading fours on standard-in-the-making "Joy Spring," feels like a pair of world-class dancers who intuit each other's moves before they make them. On "What Am I Here For?," the quintet maintains a lighter-than-air feel while executing ultra-precise runs. "These Foolish Things" shimmers like starlight, with bassist George Morrow's concise but poignant solo a standout statement on an album not lacking in breathtaking moments.

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Simply the best

Clifford Brown was a genius. Every song on this album is extremely enjoyable (although the A section of "Jordu" could be a little louder). If you're too stingy to get the album, check out "Joy Spring" -- one of the greatest songs of all time -- and "Daahoud."

Clifford Brown and Max Roach

One of the greate jazz albums of all time. Clifford Brown is one of my favorite trumphet players and Max Roach is my favorite drummer. This was their first album together and is terrific.


One of the best collections of HIS work. it is in the brilliant mind of Clifford that we can never get inside of but never get out of thinking how he did it. Not to confuse u but he died in a tragic CAR WRECK not plane wreck, on the pennsylvania turnpike on a rainy night. So Young but helped change hard bop forever. some of the best solos you will ever hear in your life are on this record, pick it up NOR, but if u love Clifford or Remember Clifford, u already own IT!!!!


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 up-and-coming pianist Richie Powell and his wife (who was driving) also perished in the crash. Clifford Brown accomplished a great deal in the short time he had. He started on trumpet when he was 15, and by 1948...
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