Clifford Brown: Easy Living


Easy Living


Clifford Brown (trumpet)


Clifford Brown: Memorial Album (Blue Note: 32141)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (flute), Charlie Rouse (clarinet), John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Recorded: New York, City, NY, August 28, 1953


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

While there is much injustice in the world, the death of Clifford Brown reads like a truly bad dream. Twenty-five years old, known for rejecting the inclination towards substance-abuse practiced by some of his contemporaries, a family man and a real giant of the jazz trumpet, Brown had everything going for him. He died on a wet highway with Richie Powell on the way to the next gig less than three years after this session. This track shows a certain ease of execution that shows up on Brown ballads. The solo playing here is mesmerizing, and while the ensemble work by all is well done, the spotlight is on "Brownie”—as it should be.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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