Clifford Brown: Brownie Speaks


Brownie Speaks


Clifford Brown (trumpet) and Lou Donaldson (alto sax)


Clifford Brown Memorial Album (Blue Note 32141)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet), Lou Donaldson (alto sax), Elmo Hope (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Recorded: New York, June 9, 1953


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Although initially indebted to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown quickly forged a personal style that has influenced countless trumpeters even to this day. From his first recording session for Blue Note, one co-led by Lou Donaldson, “Brownie Speaks” demonstrates Brown’s unerring technique and ear, his gift for melodic phrasing, and his surefooted sense of swing. At the time, altoist Donaldson was among the leading disciples of Charlie Parker.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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