Clifford Brown

Brownie Eyes

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The great trumpeter Clifford Brown is heard in several settings on this LP, all of whose titles have since been reissued in a box set by Mosaic. The songs find Brown with a quintet featuring altoist Lou Donaldson and pianist Elmo Hope ("De-Dah" and "Brownie Speaks" are the most memorable). There is an alternate take of "Get Happy" with a sextet headed by trombonist J.J. Johnson, and the remaining five titles have Brown teamed in a sextet with altoist Gigi Gryce and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Of the latter, "Easy Living" and "Cherokee" are classics. Although superseded by later reissues, this set has more than its share of superb music.

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