Clifford Brown / Clifford Brown Sextet

The Clifford Brown Sextet in Paris

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While in Paris with Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, trumpeter Clifford Brown teamed up with altoist Gigi Gryce and a top-notch rhythm section (pianist Henri Renaud, guitarist Jimmy Gourley, bassist Pierre Michelot, and drummer Jean-Louis Viale) for two fine sessions on this enjoyable LP. Although Gryce was not a major soloist, he held his own with the trumpeter and was a talented composer. Most of the songs on this date are his, including "Minority" (Gryce's most famous original). But it is Brown's brilliant playing on such tunes as "All the Things You Are," "I Cover the Waterfront," and "Minority" that this LP is most significant.