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CD Edition limited to 6000 copies
“The name of Clifford Brown will always remain synonymous with the very essence of musical and moral maturity. This name will stand as a symbol of the very ideas every young jazz musician should strive to attain.” ¬— Quincy Jones, Down Beat magazine, August 22, 1956
Clifford Brown, the jazz trumpeter affectionately known as “Brownie,” partnered with drummer Max Roach in a memorable quintet in the mid-1950s. Over a few short years he quickly rose from astonishing prodigy to pioneering master—a stunning trajectory cut short when Brownie died tragically at age 25 in 1956.
Clifford Brown: The Emarcy Master Takes includes the 49 master takes the Brown-Roach Quintet recorded for the EmArcy label, an 18-month collaboration that resulted in some of the most enduring jazz of all time. This Verve Select limited edition 4-CD set contains, in chronological order of recording, all of the tracks that made up the classic albums Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Clifford Brown With Strings, Brown and Roach Incorporated, Study In Brown, Best Coast Jazz, and At Basin Street, as well as tracks featured on several posthumous releases, from Caravan to More Study In Brown and others.
Playing with Brown and Roach are regular members of their quintet—Harold Land (tenor saxophone), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass) and Sonny Rollins, who replaced Land—plus a slew of other star players, as well as a Los Angeles string section beautifully arranged and conducted by Neal Hefti. EmArcy’s Bob Shad produced the sessions. (Further sessions with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Helen Merrill will be presented on a second multi-disc volume of master takes.)
Grammy®-winning author Francis Davis further illuminates Brownie’s story in a 5,000-word essay that’s included in a 64-page book, which also has many rare photographs, a fold-out poster with reproductions of the quintet’s LP and EP cover art, a set of four Brownie postcards, and detailed session annotations; it’s all housed in a high-end collector’s tin—the same format as Verve’s award-winning Master Takes sets from Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. All tracks have been newly remastered, many of them for the first time since their late 1980s CD reissue.