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Clifford Brown

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 December 2011

In the last programme of the current series, Ken Clarke and his guest Abram Wilson discuss the life and music of the 1950s trumpeter Clifford Brown.
Given a trumpet by his father at the age of 15, Clifford's natural talent was immediately apparent. After only a few years of practising the instrument he was playing gigs with artists such as Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Fats Navarro. By 22 he already had an original style and the quintet he went on to form with Max Roach is regarded as one of the best of the 1950s.
Sadly his professional career was bookended by two horrific car crashes. The first was nearly ended his life and left him in hospital for a year. And only five years later he was involved in a second accident, but this time he was tragically killed. But, as Ken and Abram explain, in the short time he was playing and recording he did enough to put him up there with the all time Jazz Greats.

Abram Wilson is an award winning New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist based in the UK.

Music Played

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    Clifford Brown What's New

    Artists: Richie Powell (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), Neal Hefti (conductor and arranger)

    Jazz Masters 44 - Clifford Brown & Max Roach, VERVE, 5281092, tr 06

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    Fats Navarro Goin' To Minton's

    I Grandi Del Jazz - Fats Navarro, Fabbri Editori, GdJ 63, side 2 tr 1

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    Clifford Brown Brownie Speaks

    Artists: Lou Donaldson (alto sax) Elmo Hope (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums)

    Clifford Brown Memorial Album, Blue Note, CDP7815262

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    Clifford Brown Bellarosa

    Artists: Lou Donaldson (alto sax) Elmo Hope (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums)

    Clifford Brown Memorial Album, Blue Note, CDP7815262, tr 1

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    Clifford Brown Brownie Eyes

    Artists: Lou Donaldson (alto sax) Elmo Hope (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums)

    Clifford Brown Memorial Album, Blue Note, CDP7815262, tr 13

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    Clifford Brown Stockholm Sweetnin'

    Artists: Art Farmer (trumpet) Ake Persson (trombone) Arne Domnerus (alto sax, clarinet) Lars Gullin (baritone sax) Bengt Hallberg (piano) Gunnar Johnson (bass) Jack Noren (drums) Quincy Jones (arranger, director)

    Clifford Brown - Complete Metronome and Vogue Recordings, Definitive Records, DRCD 11246, tr 1

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    Clifford Brown The Song Is You

    Artists: Henri Renaud (piano) Pierre Michelot (bass) Benny Bennett (drums) Label: Definitive Records

    Clifford Brown - Complete Metronome and Vogue Recordings, DRCD 11246, tr 12

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    Clifford Brown Joy Spring

    Artists: Harold Land (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums)

    Clifford Brown / Max Roach, Verve, 543 306-2, tr 4

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    Clifford Brown Daahoud

    Artists: Harold Land (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums)

    Clifford Brown / Max Roach, Verve, 543 306-2, tr 3

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    Clifford Brown Blues Walk

    Artists: Harold Land (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums)

    Clifford Brown / Max Roach, Verve, 543 306-2, tr 6

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    Clifford Brown Laura

    Artists: Richie Powell (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), Neal Hefti (arranger, conductor) & strings

    Clifford Brown with Strings, Essemtial Jazz Classics, EJC 55421, tr 7

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    Clifford Brown You're Not The Kind

    Artists: Herbie Mann (flute), Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Sarah Vaughan (vocals)

    Clifford Brown And the Ladies of Jazz, Lonehill Jazz, LHJ 10325, tr 4

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    Clifford Brown Pent Up House

    Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums)

    Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet with Sonny Rollins, Essential Jazz Classics, EJCCD 55407, tr 11

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    Clifford Brown I Feel a Song Coming On

    Artists: George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), Richie Powell (piano), Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)

    Plus Four, PRLP 7038, side 2, tr 1

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    Clifford Brown Time

    Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), Richie Powell (piano)

    At Basin Street, EmArcy, 814 648-2, tr 6

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