Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz by Nick Catalano

By Nick Catalano

Even though he died in a sad automobile coincidence at twenty-five, Clifford Brown is greatly one among an important figures within the heritage of jazz, a trumpet participant who ranks with Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, and a number one impression on modern jazz musicians. Now, in Clifford Brown: The lifestyles and paintings of the mythical Jazz Trumpeter, Nick Catalano supplies us the 1st significant biography of this musical massive.
in accordance with wide interviews with Clifford Brown's kinfolk, associates, and fellow jazz musicians, here's a attention-grabbing portrait of a awesome musician. Catalano depicts Brown's youth, displaying how he constructed a facility and miraculous procedure that few jazz gamers have ever equaled. We learn of his meteoric upward push in Philadelphia, the place he performed with a few of the top jazz gamers of the Fifties, together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; his travel of Europe with Lionel Hampton, which made him well-known; and his formation of the Brown-Roach Quintet with widespread drummer Max Roach--one of the preferred challenging bop combinations of the day. Catalano additionally indicates that Brown was once a striking individual--he grew up in a middle-class African-American domestic in Wilmington, Delaware, attended collage, used to be a talented mathematician, and had broad cultural pursuits. additionally, in an period whilst such a lot jazz avid gamers have been both alcoholics or addicts, Brown used to be clean-living and drug loose. certainly, he turned a job version for musicians who have been being affected by medications and had nice impression during this zone with one trendy colleague, tenor sax participant Sonny Rollins.
Clifford Brown not just offers a colourful account of Brown's existence, but in addition positive factors an educated research of his significant recorded solos, highlighting Brown's originality and revealing why he is still a superb impact on trumpet gamers this present day. it's a e-book that any one with a major curiosity in jazz may want to personal.

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Equally significant, it introduced the youngster to a musical revolution in the makingbebop. ) This On to Philadelphia / 33 would place the meeting somewhere about 1946. "He sounded good even then," added Golson. Of all the musicians whom Brownie encountered on his trips to Philadelphia, Fats Navarro was the one who would matter most to the young trumpeter. Born of Cuban, Chinese, and black parentage in Key West, Florida, on September 24, 1923, Theodore "Fats" Navarro played piano and tenor saxophone as a youth.

On to Philadelphia / 35 Clifford Brown was well aware of Gillespie's innovations, but he refused to become a Gillespie clone. Even at this early age he recognized that he could achieve more if he utilized ideas that Navarro had developed. In time, his tone would become sweeter than Navarro's, his improvisations more complex, and, above all, his articulation and clarity more pronounced. Benny Golson describes what was probably the first meeting between Clifford Brown and Fats Navarro. One of the Philadelphia clubs "had local talent there, Clifford Brown, an alto player and a rhythm section-and Fats was a little late getting in.

Lowery tried to get permission for him to play, but Clifford's young age proved a barrier. "He showed his ability pretty early," Lowery recalled. "I remember one night in a club in Salisbury, Maryland, he played 'Star Dust,' and the way he played it, the way he improvised it, everyone in that club started paying attention to what he was doing. " As is the case with many young musicians with talent, Clifford Brown now looked for new challenges. Soon he began to pick up other instruments and, under Lowery's tutelage, started playing the vibraphone, string bass, and piano.

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