Clifford Brown: Willow Weep for Me
Willow Weep for Me
Clifford Brown (trumpet)
Clifford Brown with Strings (Verve 558 078-2)
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: 85/100 (learn more)
Clifford Brown doesn't even have to take a chorus to be one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of all times. Here, arranger Neal Hefti chose to feature him "against" two registers of strings that open up with a high riff and a lower countermelody. In this context the horn acquires a strongly dramatic quality simply by playing the melody with a phrasing and timbre all its own. And now and then a short foray out of the written line reminds us how inventive Brownie can be whenever he improvises.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum