Clifford Brown and Max Roach {Verve} ”Master Edition”


Clifford Brown and Max Roach {Verve} ”Master Edition”

Hard Bop, Trumpet

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AllMusic Review by Sam Samuelson

According to the original 1955 liner notes to Clifford Brown & Max Roach, the announcement that Clifford Brown and Max Roach had begun recording and playing together sent shock waves throughout the jazz community and predictions ran rampant about how the two might shape bop to come. The last duo to really shape the music had begun over ten years earlier, with the relationship between Bird and Diz.

This recording was early fruit from a tree that would only live as long as Clifford Brown was around to water it (1956, the year of his tragic auto accident). The result is by far some of the warmest and most sincere bebop performed and committed to tape.

Brown’s tone is undeniably and characteristically warm, and he keeps the heat on alongside Roach’s lilting vamps and pummeling solos. What really keeps this record on the orange side of things (other than the decidedly orange cover) is the solo work of saxophonist Harold Land, who plays part Bird and part Benny Goodman. His tone is as delightful as it gets on the sultry “Deliah” and as bop-expressive as it gets on “The Blues Walk” and “Parisian Thoroughfare,” where he and Brownie go head to head blowing expressive runs of sheer New York-style jazz.

This collection of songs runs a nice gamut between boplicity and pleasant balladry. It represents bop at its best and is recommended for collectors and casual fans alike.

01. Delilah (8:07)
02. Parisian Thoroughfare (7:19)
03. Daahoud (4:05)
04. Joy Spring (6:51)
05. Jordu (7:50)
06. The Blues Walk (6:47)
07. What am I Here For (3:11)
08. These Foolish Things (3:49)
09. The Blues Walk (alternative take) (6:54)
10. Daahoud (alternative take) (4:09)
11. Joy Spring (alternative take) (6:44)

Clifford Brown – trumpet
Max Roach – drums
Harold Land – tenor saxophone
Richie Powell – piano
George Morrow – bass

Original recordings produced by Bob Shad
Original-LP cover photograph by William Claxton

Tracks 1-5, 8, 10, and 11 recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood in August 1954: tracks 1 and 2 on August 2; track 5 on August 3; tracks 3, 4, 8, 10, and 11 on August 6

Tracks 6, 7, and 9 recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City on February 24, 1955

Production managed by Bryan Koniarz
Research managed by Ben Young
Mastered by Kevin “Tar Pits” Reeves at Universal Music Studios-East
Production and research coordinated by Tom Greenwood and Carlos Kase
Production and research assistance by Jamie Krents and John Wriggle
Art directed by Hollis King
Designed by Edward O’Dowd
Art production coordinated by Sherniece Smith
Notes edited by Peter Keepnews
Liner notes by Kirk Silsbee
Photograph research by Cynthia Sesso
All photographs are 2000, William Claxton or Herman Leonard

2000, The Verve Music Group, a division of UMI Recordings, Inc.

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