Clifford Brown & Max Roach: What is This Thing Called Love


What Is This Thing Called Love


Clifford Brown (trumpet) and Max Roach (drums)


Clifford Brown and Max Roach – At Basin Street (EmArcy 534391)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet), Max Roach (drums), Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass).

Recorded: New York, February 16, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Clifford Brown had it all—all the range a trumpeter could wish for, a powerful and rich tone and infallible technique. He was as fiery at breakneck tempos as he was tender on ballads. Tragically, he had not yet realized his full potential when he died in a car accident at the age of 25. Brown is heard here at his peak, explosive yet under constant control. His lines unfold effortlessly and cohesively with natural momentum and his ideas are projected with unparalleled clarity. A true gem and a necessity for any jazz enthusiast.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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