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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."]

Customer Reviews

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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