Clifford Brown & Max Roach: Delilah




Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet


Clifford Brown & Max Roach (Verve 314 543 306-2)

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

Composed by Victor Young


Recorded: Hollywood, August 2, 1954


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Brown & Roach hitch the Biblical temptress’ slithery theme from Victor Young’s score for C.B. (Cast of Thousands!) DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949) to the indigo mood of Duke Ellington’s "Caravan," featuring Max’s mallets and Clifford’s cup mute. Their salute to the patron saint of barbers then swings
into 4/4, as Max switches to sticks, Clifford opens his horn and tenorman Harold Land takes to the air.
Mr. DeMille, we are ready for the pillars to be pulled down. Delilahtful!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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