Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings

Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings

by Clifford Brown


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The 2014 Clifford Brown anthology Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings compiles all of the recordings the influential jazz trumpeter made for the storied jazz label during the '50s. These are albums he recorded after his initial Powell sessions and before his Mercury dates. Included here are 1953's Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, 1953's New Star on the Horizon, 1956's New Faces New Sounds with Lou Donaldson, and the fiery 1954 live album A Night at Birdland with the Art Blakey Quintet. Also included throughout are the various bonus tracks attached to each session. A mere 22 years old when he embarked on this short four-year stint with Blue Note, Brown was already a jazz titan. Technically dazzling on the trumpet and blessed with a wealth of improvisational creativity steeped in the traditions of his forebears (namely Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie), Brown was a man unparalleled on the jazz scene in the 1950s. Whether playing at burning speeds, as he does on "Cherokee," or digging deep into a slow ballad like "Easy Living" (both off New Star on the Horizon), Brown could articulate his ideas with devastating clarity. While all of the albums featured here are superb, must-hear examples of Brown's work, it is his live Birdland date as a member of drummer Art Blakey's group that reveals the most of what would become his legacy. The first incarnation of what would soon be known as Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the group included such influential players as the bluesy saxophonist Donaldson and the gospel-tinged pianist Horace Silver. From the pyrotechnic bop opener "Wee Dot" through Brown's gorgeous rendition of "Once in a While" and the rollicking Silver original "Quicksilver," the album is a masterful display of untethered artistry, bristling with a primordial energy that heralded the birth of the hard bop era. Unfathomably, only two weeks later, the group would disband for lack of bookings. Brown would, of course, go on to join drummer Max Roach in their legendary quintet, only to die in a car crash in 1956 at the age of 25. Ultimately, though there is implicit tragedy in his death at such a young age, with endless creative possibilities ahead of him, Brown had long found his voice, as evidenced by the work collected on Brownie Speaks.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602537816125
catalogNumber: 002065702
Rank: 27010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifford Brown   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Gigi Gryce   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Heath   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elmo Hope   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
John Lewis   Piano
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Percy Heath   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Curly Russell   Bass
Pee Wee Marquette   Announcer

Technical Credits

Clifford Brown   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Gigi Gryce   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Leo Parker   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Lou Donaldson   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Doug Hawkins   Engineer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Kirk Silsbee   Liner Notes
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Roger Ramirez   Composer
Michael Edwards   Composer
James Campbell   Composer
Xilonen Oresnich   Photo Coordination

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