Clifford Brown: Willow Weep for Me

Track

Willow Weep for Me

Artist

Clifford Brown (trumpet)

CD

Clifford Brown with Strings (Verve 558 078-2)

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Musicians:

Clifford Brown (trumpet),

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

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

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Recorded: New York, January 18, 1955

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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

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