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Album Review

Although serious fans and collectors will have little use for the disc, Ultimate Clifford Brown is a solid collection of 12 highlights from the trumpeter's Verve recordings as selected by Nicholas Payton. For the curious neophyte, the disc offers a good overview of Brown's time at the label, featuring the trumpeter in a variety of different settings, including combos with Dinah Washington, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill and Max Roach. Certainly, the disc should be thought of as an introduction, not the final word, but on that level it works very well. Among the featured numbers are "Star Dust," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Delilah," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Step Lightly (Junior's Arrival)," "Cherokee," "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "September Song."


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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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jan 01, 1998

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