Sunday, April 16, 2017

Brownie Speaks

The 2014 Clifford Brown anthology Brownie Speaks : The Complete Blue Note Recordings compiles all of the recordings the influential jazz trumpeter made for the storied jazz label during the '50s. These are albums he recorded after his initial Powell sessions and before his Mercury dates. Included here are 1953's Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, 1953's New Star on the Horizon, 1956's New Faces New Sounds with Lou Donaldson, and the fiery 1954 live album A Night at Birdland with the Art Blakey Quintet. Also included throughout are the various bonus tracks attached to each session. A mere 22 years old when he embarked on this short four-year stint with Blue Note, Brown was already a jazz titan. Technically dazzling on the trumpet and blessed with a wealth of improvisational creativity steeped in the traditions of his forebears (namely Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie), Brown was a man unparalleled on the jazz scene in the 1950s. Whether playing at burning speeds, as he does on "Cherokee," or digging deep into a slow ballad like "Easy Living" (both off New Star on the Horizon), Brown could articulate his ideas with devastating clarity. While all of the albums featured here are superb, must-hear examples of Brown's work, it is his live Birdland date as a member of drummer Art Blakey's group that reveals the most of what would become his legacy. The first incarnation of what would soon be known as Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the group included such influential players as the bluesy saxophonist Donaldson and the gospel-tinged pianist Horace Silver. From the pyrotechnic bop opener "Wee Dot" through Brown's gorgeous rendition of "Once in a While" and the rollicking Silver original "Quicksilver," the album is a masterful display of untethered artistry, bristling with a primordial energy that heralded the birth of the hard bop era. Unfathomably, only two weeks later, the group would disband for lack of bookings. Brown would, of course, go on to join drummer Max Roach in their legendary quintet, only to die in a car crash in 1956 at the age of 25. Ultimately, though there is implicit tragedy in his death at such a young age, with endless creative possibilities ahead of him, Brown had long found his voice, as evidenced by the work collected on Brownie Speaks.
Matt Collar

Source :

Clifford Brown
Brownie Speaks
(The Complete Blue Note


Cd. 1

Jay Jay Johnson With Clifford Brown

1 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  4:53
2 Lover Man (Ramirez, Sherman, Davis)  3:56
3 Capri (Gryce)  3:42
4 Sketch 1 (Lewis)  428
5 Turnpike (Johnson)  4:21
6 It Could Happen to You (Burke, Van Heusen)  4:47

Bonus Tracks
7 Capri [alt. take] (Gryce)  3:50
8 Turnpike [alt. take] (Johnson)  4:13
9 Get Happy [alt. take] (Arlen, Koehler)  4:13

New Faces New Sounds

10 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:22
11 Brownie Speaks (Brown)  3:49
12 Bellarosa (Hope)  4:15
13 Cookin' (Donaldson)  3:16
14 Carvin' the Rock (Hope, Rollins)  3:58
15 De-Dah (Hope)  4:52

Bonus Tracks
16 Carvin' the Rock [alt. take 1] (Hope, Rollins)  3:52
17 Carvin' the Rock [alt. take 2] (Hope, Rollins)  4:06
18 Cookin' [alt. take] (Donaldson)  3:08


Cd. 2

New Stars on the Horizon

1 Cherokee (Noble)  3:27
2 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  3:43
3 Wail Bait (Jones)  4:02
4 Minor Mood (Brown)  4:34
5 Hymn of the Orient (Gryce)  4:07
6 Brownie Eyes (Jones)  3:56

Bonus Tracks
7 Wail Bait [alt. take] (Jones)  4:06
8 Cherokee [alt. take] (Noble)  3:42
9 Hymn of the Orient [alt. take] (Gryce)  4:05

A Night at Birdland
With Art Blakey Quintet

10 Annoucement (Marquette)  0:57
11 Wee Dot [alt. take] (Parker, Johnson)  6:54
12 Now's the Time (Parker)  8:19
13 Confirmation (Parker)  9:25
14 Once in a While (Edwards, Green)  5:18
15 Mayreh (Silver)  6:17


Cd. 3

A Night at Birdland
With Art Blakey Quintet

1 If I Had You (Shapiro, Connelly, Campbell)  3:40
2 Split Kick (Silver)  8:32
3 Lou's Blues (Donaldson)  3:56
4 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  9:45
5 Quicksilver (Silver)  6:44
6 Blues (Improvisation) (Trad.)  8:37
7 Wee Dot (Parker, Johnson)  6:53
8 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern, Fields)  9:58
9 Quicksilver [alt. take] (Silver)  8:52


[Cd. 1, # 1-9]
Clifford Brown - tp
J. J. Johnson - tb
Jimmy Heath - ts & bs
John Lewis - p
Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; June 2, 1953
[Cd. 1, # 10-18]
Clifford Brown - tp
Lou Donaldson - as
Elmo Hope - p
Percy Heath -b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded same place as above ; June 9, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 1-9]
Clifford Brown - tp
Gigi Gryce - as & fl
Charlie Rouse - ts
John Lewis - p
Percy Heath - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded at Audio-Video Studios ; August 28, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 10-15 ; & Cd. 3]
Clifford Brown - tp
Lou Donaldson - as
Horace Silver - p
Curly Russell - b
Art Blakey - dr
Pee Wee Marquette - an.
Recorded live at Birdland, 1678 Broadway, New York City ; February 22, 1954


Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2
Cd. 3

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this gem!

erasmus said...

wow! massive!
so much gratitude!

jerry g said...


Historicus said...

What a gift, thanks a lot!

Fred Archtop said...

Just fabulous. Thansk Mel.

Luis said...

Muito obrigado, Mel

deGallo said...

Marvelous!! Thank You!!

Kovina Kris said...

Really nice to get this in-depth look at one of the greats. Thank you so much for this awesome post Mel!

AlanE49 said...

Super post! Thank you, Mel.

francisco santos said...


Kovina Kris said...

I can't get the artwork to unzip. I DL'd twice to be sure and used all 3 of the known passwords but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Tom Pouce said...

Fantastique! Bravo pour les choix. Un blog de chevet..

Kovina Kris said...

P.S. The actual music files unzipped no problem. It's just the artwork link.

Kovina Kris said...

Anybody else get the artwork file to unpack successfully?

Ghjuvan-Paulu said...

thanks Mel

cvllos said...

Kovina Kris, I've just found your comment and I tried successfully with the most common PW.

cvllos said...

By the way, Collar's analysis is perfect!
A great post, Melanchthon, congratulations for your work, LP's covers revival, etc.!

gym said...

Wow! Thank you very much for this beauty!

bhowani bhowani said...

Fantastic! Thanks a lot, mel !