By Nick Catalano
Even supposing he died in a sad motor vehicle coincidence at twenty-five, Clifford Brown is largely certainly one of an important figures within the background of jazz, a trumpet participant who ranks with Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, and a number one impact 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 huge.
in keeping with vast interviews with Clifford Brown's family members, neighbors, and fellow jazz musicians, here's a interesting portrait of a extraordinary musician. Catalano depicts Brown's formative years, displaying how he constructed a facility and outstanding strategy that few jazz avid gamers have ever equaled. We learn of his meteoric upward thrust in Philadelphia, the place he performed with a number of the top jazz avid gamers of the Nineteen Fifties, together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; his journey of Europe with Lionel Hampton, which made him well-known; and his formation of the Brown-Roach Quintet with renowned drummer Max Roach--one of the preferred challenging bop combinations of the day. Catalano additionally indicates that Brown used to be a outstanding individual--he grew up in a middle-class African-American domestic in Wilmington, Delaware, attended university, used to be a talented mathematician, and had broad cultural pursuits. in addition, in an period whilst so much jazz gamers have been both alcoholics or addicts, Brown was once clean-living and drug unfastened. certainly, he turned a job version for musicians who have been suffering from medicinal drugs and had nice impact during this sector with one well-known colleague, tenor sax participant Sonny Rollins.
Clifford Brown not just offers a colourful account of Brown's lifestyles, but in addition beneficial properties an educated research of his significant recorded solos, highlighting Brown's originality and revealing why he is still a good effect on trumpet gamers this day. it's a publication that anybody with a significant curiosity in jazz probably want to personal.
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Because of the Walnut Street Y, the Odd Fellows Temple, Brinkley's Pool Hall, the ball fields and picnics at Kirkwood Park, and the Armory for dances, the east siders had a much richer social and cultural life than many inner city youths have today. Back at Howard High, Clifford Brown's musical horizons were expanding considerably. He now played in the senior high school marching band at Howard, and during this time the school hired two new teachers, Harry Andrews and Sam Wooding. "I can't remember having a bad teacher at Howard High," recalled Cynthia Gates, a 1953 graduate who remembers Harry Andrews as the epitome of this teaching tradition.
Miles and I were right here on Broad Street. The place was packed. So we played the first set and got into a cab to go down to listen to Clifford and Fats. We stayed for the whole set! And when we came back. . nobody had moved! Everybody was just sittin' there waitin'. That was stupendous. . "12 Many of the beboppers had good jobs playing show music in nearby Atlantic City. Coles recalled that "after the [Atlantic City] gig was over, like 5 o'clock in the morning, we used to go around to the Club Harlem [in West Philadelphia] and set up and play 'til 10 o'clock.
He had been playing at jam sessions for quite a while and had established himself strongly enough so that he thought about forming his own group. Gillespie had put the word out after the Odd Fellows Temple gig, and one of the jazz veterans he had contacted was Max Roach. "4 Such comments were extraordinary coming from the king of the bebop trumpet. Little did Dizzy realize what import those words might have for Max Roach years later. Max Roach had established himself as the leading drummer of the new bebop school.
Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter by Nick Catalano