Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz by Nick Catalano

By Nick Catalano

Even supposing he died in a sad motor vehicle coincidence at twenty-five, Clifford Brown is broadly one among an important figures within the heritage of jazz, a trumpet participant who ranks with Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, and a number one impression on modern jazz musicians. Now, in Clifford Brown: The existence and artwork of the mythical Jazz Trumpeter, Nick Catalano offers us the 1st significant biography of this musical mammoth.
in keeping with broad interviews with Clifford Brown's kin, pals, and fellow jazz musicians, here's a attention-grabbing portrait of a amazing musician. Catalano depicts Brown's youth, displaying how he built a facility and superb method that few jazz gamers have ever equaled. We learn of his meteoric upward push in Philadelphia, the place he performed with the various prime jazz avid gamers of the Nineteen Fifties, together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; his travel of Europe with Lionel Hampton, which made him recognized; and his formation of the Brown-Roach Quintet with trendy drummer Max Roach--one of the preferred not easy bop combinations of the day. Catalano additionally exhibits that Brown was once a amazing individual--he grew up in a middle-class African-American domestic in Wilmington, Delaware, attended university, was once a talented mathematician, and had large cultural pursuits. additionally, in an period while so much jazz gamers have been both alcoholics or addicts, Brown was once clean-living and drug loose. certainly, he grew to become a job version for musicians who have been being affected by medications and had nice effect during this quarter with one renowned colleague, tenor sax participant Sonny Rollins.
Clifford Brown not just offers a colourful account of Brown's existence, but in addition beneficial properties an educated research of his significant recorded solos, highlighting Brown's originality and revealing why he continues to be a very good impact on trumpet gamers at the present time. it's a booklet that anybody with a major curiosity in jazz probably want to personal.

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Although Brownie was doing well in math, he was not a leading scholar in the class of '48. He had some difficulty in English, and Leon recounts that Clifford had to talk the teacher out of giving him a D. He got along but could not match the academic success of his sisters. But neither could the other Brown boys. " That spring, the music department presented arias from "D Trovatore," and the sixty-eight-piece choir, as they had done before, scored a second place finish in statewide competition.

Joe did not take too kindly to any negative comments about his playing. He just played on, undaunted, evidently buoyed by his own musical feeling. Leon indicates that Clifford was nine or ten when he started "messin' " with the trumpet. Clifford Brown's own aforementioned recollection corroborates this: "My father played trumpet and violin and piano for his own amusement," he said, "and from the earliest times I can remember it was the trumpet that fascinated me. "19 It has been reported that Joe Brown initially discouraged Clifford from access to the "shiny silver trumpet" because it was not a toy, allowing him only to play a bugle that lay among his vast collection.

Boysie Lowery was there, of course, to cheer on his old North Carolina crony, and many of Clifford's fellow alumni from the '48 Howard class were also buzzing around. Shortly before the band was ready to play, the word got out that trumpeter Benny Harris (the cowriter of "Ornithology") could not be found. With a knowing smile, Boysie Lowery led a parade of east Clifford Brown / 42 siders to the bandstand, where they informed Gillespie that a proper substitute for Harris just happened to be in the room.

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