Clifford Brown: What is This Thing Called Love


What Is This Thing Called Love


Clifford Brown (trumpet)


Jam Session (Mercury UCCU9320)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet), Clark Terry (trumpet), Herb Geller (alto sax), Harold Land (tenor sax), Junior Mance (piano), Keter Betts (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 14, 1954


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This lengthy, minimally arranged track provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the improvising styles of three popular trumpet players of the day, the veteran Clark Terry and younger stars Clifford Brown and Maynard Ferguson. Brown’s superbly crafted solo illustrates why he was one of the most influential trumpeters of all time. All the others get extended solos as well, including pioneering bebop drummer Max Roach and two hard-driving West Coast saxophonists, altoist Herb Geller and tenorist Harold Land.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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