Clifford Brown: Yesterdays




Clifford Brown (trumpet)


Clifford Brown with Strings (Verve 558 078-2)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet),

Richie Powell (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), string orchestra conducted by Neal Hefti


Composed by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. Arranged by Neal Hefti


Recorded: New York, January 18, 1955


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Those who don't like brass with strings (and that includes many jazz buffs) should be assuaged: Clifford Brown with Strings is an exception. And "Yesterdays" is the opening piece of this beautiful record that nobody should listen to without a box of tissues within reach. Indeed, the intensity and emotional quality of Brownie's sound and phrasing on this track and on the other ballads he tackles here as sole improviser are sometimes breathtaking. And even the purists will admit that Neal Hefti himself a trumpeter did a great job with the small string orchestra that, along with Brown's usual rhythm section, surrounds one of the greatest geniuses of the instrument.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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