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Unquestionably, a major career was cut short when Clifford Brown, a trumpet player of tremendous power and grace was killed in a 1956 car accident.  The first time ever he walked into a recording studio (on March 21, 2021), he was a 21-year old member of an obscure Philadelphia Rhythm and Blues Band. But four years and one day later, after he had recorded his final session, he had permanently changed the face of Jazz.  In this unbelievably short space of time, he had become one of the most influential and loved trumpet players. His incredible talent was obvious from the very beginning. Already in his student years Brown played with the best, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Dizzy Gillespie and J.J. Johnson. He played with Lionel Hampton and Art Blakey before forming in the mid-50s,  a close knit team with Max Roach one of the greatest innovators of modern drumming in the Cilfford Brown-Max Roach Quartet. His band included amongst others a young Sonny Rollins. For the two years of it's existence the band swept all comers before it and (thankfully) the band toured and recorded prolifically. In this band Brown produced his best work, both as a player and as a composer. Evidence of this can be found in particular on classic albums such as Clifford Brown and Max Roach , Brown and Roach Inc. Study in Brown and More Study in Brown. He wrote several tunes that would become standards such as Joy Spring, Daahound, Gertrude's Bounce. 
At a time when most modern Jazz trumpeters sought technical expertise at the expense of tone, Brown was able to develop a rich full tone with technique to spare. Throughout his playing career Brown displayed brilliant inventiveness, intelligence and emotional depth. His search for original ideas was never executed at the expense of taste, which is what makes Clifford Brown one of the true giants of Jazz.
Recommended recordings  
Clifford Brown and Max Roach  Verve
Brown and Roach Inc. Verve


Best Coast Jazz [import Jap.]
At Basin Street Universal
The Complete Blue Note /Pacific Jazz recordings Blue Note 34195
Brownie the Complete Emarcy Emarcy
Memorial OJC 017-2
Memorial Album Blue Note
Clifford Brown the Complete Paris Sessions Verve
Ultimate Clifford Brown Verve
The Best of Max Roach and Clifford Brown in Concert GNP /Crescendo
Clifford Brown's  finest Hour Verve
Best of the Blue Note Years Blue Note
Study in Brown Verve
More Study in Brown Verve
At Basin Street Live Verve
Some of the Best Contemporary Jazz Trumpet Players

Wynton Marsalis

Roy Hargrove
Nicholas Payton
Terence Blanchard
Randy Brecker
Ryan Kisor