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Weekend Extra: Brownie Speaks

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Until recently, admirers of the great trumpeter Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
heard him speak only a few words on the album The Beginning and the End. Recently, however, a YouTube contributor who identifies herself as Nespasisi posted a segment of Brown being interviewed by Willis Conover of The Voice of America. Nespasisi explains that she found the fragment “on one of my dusty old cassette tapes.” The discussion was shortly before Brown died in an automobile accident on June 27, 1956, four months short of his 26th birthday.





Clifford Brown with Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
b.1926
saxophone
, alto saxophone; Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
1923 - 1967
piano
, piano; Percy Heath
Percy Heath
Percy Heath
1923 - 2005
bass, acoustic
, bass; and Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
1923 - 1985
drums
, drums, playing “Brownie Speaks,” included on this album. If you’re in the mood for more about Clifford, listen to Nat Hentoff talk about him with Clifford Brown, Jr., in a Philadelphia Institute of the Arts symposium.


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