Clifford Brown

Clifford Brown/Chet Baker: 2 Trumpet Geniuses of the Fifties

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This is a weird release. The short-lived Clifford Brown is heard during a 13-minute stretch practicing on "Cherokee" unaccompanied, which makes this album important for completists. However the other ten numbers feature Chet Baker during the 1955-56 period and these live performances (sometimes taken from television shows) often sound speeded up or a bit distorted. Baker plays reasonably well (as does tenorman Phil Urso and pianist Russ Freeman) but this album is only for true fanatics.