Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Clifford Brown At The Cotton Club (1956)

An extended live session from the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach — recorded together at the Cotton Club in Cleveland at the end of May in 1956 — over the course of three nights of performance that are all represented in this overstuffed set! The group here is a classic one — with Brown on trumpet, Roach on drums, Sonny Rollins on tenor, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass — an ensemble that's been famously documented on record by Emarcy, but which is heard here in a more relaxed, rougher-edged mode — not just because of the slightly amateur sound quality on the CDs, but also because of the open-ended, club-styled performance by the group. What the date lacks in polish, it more than makes up for in edge — especially from Rollins, who's really beginning to stretch out during these years. Titles include a 23 minute take on "Get Happy", a 14 minute "Untitled Blues", a 13 minute "Delilah", a 16 minute "Jordu", an 18 minute "Nice Work If You Can Get It", a 19 minute version of "I'll Remember April", and a 10 minute take on "Daahoud" — plus versions of "Lover Man", "Take The A Train", "Valse Hot", "Lover", and "What's New". CD also features 3 bonus tracks — the same group broadcast from Town Casino in Buffalo in February of 1956 — on "Round Midnight", "Daahoud", and "The Blues Walk". 
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Clifford Brown
At The Cotton Club


Cd. 1

1 Introduction By Clifford Brown  1:28
2 Take The "A" Train (Strayhorn)  13:39
3 Darn That Dream (Van Heusen)  4:28
Intermission, Announcement By Clifford Brown
4 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  18:52
5 Jordu (Jordan)  16:36
6 Valse Hot (Incomplete) (Rollins)  3:44


Cd. 2

1 Introduction By Max Roach Into Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  23:25
2 Untitled Blues (Anonymous)  14:09
3 Delilah (Brown)  13:27
4 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  14:58


Cd. 3

1 Lover Man (Ramirez, Davis, Sherman)  6:01
2 Daahoud (Brown)  10:42
3 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  3:48
4 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  19:04
5 Daahoud (Brown)  6:53
6 'Round Midnight (Monk)  8:27
7 The Blues Walk (Brown)  8:13


Clifford Brown - tp
Sonny Rollins - ts
Richie Powell - p
George Morrow - b
Max Roach - dr

Recorded live at the Cotton Club, Cleveland, Ohio ; May 28, 1956 [Cd. 1, # 1-5] ; May 29, 1956 [Cd. 1, # 6 & Cd. 2, # 1-2] ; & June 1, 1956 [Cd. 2, # 3-4 & Cd. 3, # 1-4] ; & at Town Casino, Buffalo, New York [Radio broadcast] ; February 26, 1956 [# Cd. 3,# 5-7]


Melanchthon said...

Fourcade said...

Thanks for this incredible album!!
Cheers Daniel, from Spain...

AmyBRAINS said...

YES, it's really an incredible album!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour! et merci beaucoup!
C'est moi ou un détail s'est glissé dans le papier peint? ^^
Comprendra qui pourra/voudra :)

Fourcade said...

Interesting what Mr. Mark E. Lewis said about these recordings in Amazon, back in 2007:

"The music on these cds comes from some tapes that belonged to Clifford Brown's widow, LaRue who was a friend of mine. Many years ago she gave me a stack of reel to reel tapes to make copies of, some which had been in the trunk of clifford's car when it crashed. None of the tapes had any kind of information on them. So excepting the radio broadcast from Buffalo and the untitled blues, everything else on the three cd's is from ONE night, somewhere, starting with Take the A Train in the first set, and ending with get happy in the third set. The Cotton Club is a guess, and the recording dates are wrong, because all three sets are surely from the same night. They are issued out of order here. The untitled blues, [wee dot] is from another tape, and another night. Both of these tapes were used to make the record album, "Pure Genius". "Lover", [or Diggin' Diz] has a guest drummer sitting in. I think Max said Chuck Lampkin. My guess is that Clifford recorded most of this with his reel to reel. When he and Sonny finish their solos, someone moves the mike over to the piano.
Clifford's solos are a joy to behold, and the cd is worth buying just to hear what he plays on Lover!
I guess the people who put this out felt they had to come up with a title and date to help sell it. The music is all that counts, and it is beautiful."

deGallo said...

Thank you.

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Wow. This looks really good. Thank you Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

...meant to add, what a lineup!

ricardo said...

por favor si pudieras volver a subir esta joya ...
cuando puedas, sin prisa, de antemano agradecido ...
gracias por tu maravilloso blog de excelente musica
saludos cordiales