Weekend Extra: Clifford Brown


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The recent post featuring the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet in the 1950s led a couple of Rifftides readers to suggest that we hear more of Brown’s sparkling trumpet playing. He became a major jazz artist before his death at 26 in an automobile accident in 1956 and has been a major influence on every generation of trumpet players since. Let’s listen to his composition “Tiny Capers,” with Clifford leading an ensemble that also includes Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Bob Gordon, baritone sax; Stu Williamson, valve trombone; Russ Freeman, piano; Carson Smith, bass; and Shelly Manne, drums…an all-star group if there ever was one…at the height of the West Coast Jazz movement.

Clifford Brown and company in July, 1954, from an album that is likely to be part of the essential jazz repertoire for years, even decades, to come.

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This story appears courtesy of Rifftides by Doug Ramsey.
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