Blue Note's The Best of Clifford Brown
is a soild collection of highlights from Brown's recordings for Blue Note and Pacific Jazz. During his brief life, Brown pioneered a new style of hard bop that remains influential decades after his death. While his original recordings remain the best way to understand his achievements, this 13-track collection is a good introduction to his style for the curious, featuring Brown with such musicians as Zoot Sims
, Art Blakey
, J.J. Johnson
, Horace Silver
and Lou Donaldson
. Among the featured tracks are "Brownie Speaks," "Brownie Eyes," "Easy Living," "Hymn of the Orient," "Once in a While" and "A Night in Tunisia."