Lee Morgan: I Remember Clifford


I Remember Clifford


Lee Morgan (trumpet)


Lee Morgan, Vol. 3 (EMI/Blue Note 6413)

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Lee Morgan (trumpet), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano),

Gigi Gryce, alto sax; Paul Chambers, bass; Charlie Persip, drums


Composed and arranged by Benny Golson


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, March 24, 1957


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Nine months after Clifford Brown's accidental death, composer Benny Golson unveiled this lovely, and loving, requiem for the late trumpeter, venerated as much for the content of his character as for his consummate musicianship. "I Remember Clifford" would've become a jazz standard strictly on its own merits, whatever its title. But being dedicated to the beloved Brownie ensured its instant acceptance by Clifford's peers and fans alike. Here, 18-year-old trumpet phenom Lee Morgan, a Brownie disciple but by no means imitator, brings us as close as we'll ever get to hearing Clifford himself play this reverent piece. A haunting, heartfelt tribute.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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