Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet

Pure Genius

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The release of this LP in 1982 doubled the total recorded output by this classic group. Trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach had been co-leading a hard bop quintet since 1954 but tenor-saxophonist Sonny Rollins had just joined up and together they recorded just one studio album (not counting a date under Rollins's leadership) before Brownie's death along with pianist Richie Powell in a tragic car accident. The live performances on this album, put out for the first time in 1982, add to this group's legacy and are reasonably well-recorded. In addition to a remake of "I'll Remember April," the date includes lyrical and often-exciting version of "What's New," "Daahoud," "Lover Man" and "52nd Street Theme." This important music is long overdue to be reissued on CD.