Monday, November 5, 2012

Clifford Brown

One of my favorite trumpet players is Clifford Brown, who died in a 1956 car accident at the age of 25. Despite his short life he made a legacy. His albums with Max Roach include Clifford Brown & Max Roach, Study in Brown, and Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street - all great.

Brown's style is clean, upbeat, melodic, and inventive in a way that wakes you and gets you dancing. Check out "Daahoud" for example. Brown's first solo begins at 0:37. Also check out this article from the July 1980 edition of Downbeat magazine.


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