January 20, 2014 – 5:08 am

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Archaeological Material [no label, 1CD]

Unpublished recordings 1953/55/56 broadcast on Jazz Club (November 1, 1996). Good to fairly good FM broadcast, a bit of hiss.

Jazz writer Doug Ramsey wrote in 2006:

Fifty years ago today at The Seattle Times, as I ripped copy from the wire machines my eye went to a story in the latest Associated Press national split. A young trumpeter named Clifford Brown [1930-1956] had been killed early that morning in a car crash. My heart stopped for a beat or two. My stomach churned. I felt ill. I was attempting to master the trumpet and, like virtually all aspiring trumpet players, idolized Brown. The life of a majestically inventive musician had ended violently on a rainy highway in Pennsylvania. He was four months short of his twenty-sixth birthday. When I think about his loss, I still feel ill.

There has never been a jazz musician who worked harder, lived cleaner, and accomplished or promised more in so short a lifetime. His practice routine encompassed taping himself as he worked out on trumpet and piano. I have listened to some of those tapes. It is moving to hear Brown pursue - and achieve - perfection as he brings complex ideas to fruition through the persistent application of his technical mastery, to hear him sing a phrase and then play it repeatedly until he has polished it nearly to his satisfaction. Like most first-rank artists, he was never truly satisfied with his performance. To listeners, however, Brown’s solos are among the glories of twentieth century music. To trumpet players, his work remains an inspiration. His passion, power, lyricism and flawless execution constitute a model whose pursuit is bound to bring improvement.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks at Dime in 2007; and to pjgaffey for keeping the tracks alive.

FM Broadcast - France Musique - Jazz Club - C. Carriere
Tape recorder > CD recorder > CD-CA Extractor and Converter > Flac

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Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet (Early 1956)
Clifford Brown - trompette
Max Roach - tatterie
Sonny Rollins - saxophone tenor
Richie Powell - piano
George Morrow - contrebasse

Track 01. C Carriere announcement 0:45 (1.3MB)
Track 02. Clifford announcement 1:28 (2.5MB)
Track 03. Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) 13:33 (22.8MB)
Track 04. C Carriere announcement 1:06 (1.8MB)
Track 05. Darn that Dream (Rollins solo) 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 06. C Carriere announcement 0:44 (1.2MB)
Track 07. Nice Work If You Can Get It 9:41 (16.3MB)

Supposedly recorded by Clifford Brown at home (June 28, 1955)
Clifford Brown - trompette
Unknown - piano
Unknown - saxophone
Rob McConnell - trombone

Track 08. C Carriere announcement 0:57 (1.6mB)
Track 09. Strike Up the Band 3:29 (5.9MB)

Between May and August 1953 (supposedly June ‘53)
Clifford Brown -trompette
Tadd Dameron - piano
Gigi GG Gryce - saxophone alto
Benny Golson - saxophone tenor

Track 10. C Carriere announcement 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 11. Somebody Loves me/Indiana/A Night in Tunisia (Clifford solos) 6:49 (11.5MB)

Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet (Early 1956)
Track 12. C Carriere announcement and Jordu 9:17 (15.6MB)
54 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “CLIFFORD BROWN - UNPUBLISHED RECORDINGS 1953/55/56”

  2. it would be Gigi Gryce.

    By Evil dr.Louie on Jan 20, 2014

  3. Hello Evil dr.Louie

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 20, 2014

  4. Thanks, bigO.

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 20, 2014

  5. in honor of today -

    By darth on Jan 20, 2014

  6. Holy shit! I don’t know where these came from but a big thank you for bringing these out. Funny enough, I was just watching a YouTube clip of Clifford on the Soupy Sales show that Soupy himself recorded and kept in his collection, luckily for us. Also great to see Tadd Dameron’s name; he was another great who died very young and had a limited amount of recorded output. New recordings of Brown are rarer than hen’s teeth, so thank you again!

    By Dirk Bill on Jan 21, 2014

  7. wow-weeee, big-O! and thanks for the mention of soupy video! here is the link:


    By I-) on Jan 22, 2014

  8. I’d swear Miles had him whacked. Thanks Bigo - Brownie Rules! Speaking of tv - I once heard Trane was on the Doby Gillis show; but my friend probably hallucinated that episode.

    By rich on Jan 22, 2014

  9. His death was a tragic loss. How much more great music he had in him we’ll never know.

    This is very cool. Thank you.

    By Paul on Jan 23, 2014

  10. > Max Roach - tatterie

    max may have felt ‘tatterie’ after playing the drums, but in french, he played the ‘batterie’.


    By I-) on Jan 25, 2014

  11. last week i posted that there was a program about blues greats on a channel called aspire. tonite theres a similar program called jazz giants of the 20th century. its a compilation of vintage jazz performances. its one hour long and it repeats 4 times tonite. same channel. its on 9-10pm and thats the 2nd time of 4x tonite. 11pm and midnite are the next 2x. thats east coast times. if u have this channel look for it. if not.. it may be on youtube like the blues program was and as that was also found on dvd maybe this show is also available on amazon etc. good luck if u are a jazz fan.

    By darth on Jan 25, 2014

  12. Please, new link.

    By Tomo on Jun 21, 2019

  13. Any chance of getting my hands on this??

    Thanks - Artie

    By Artie on Jan 19, 2021

  14. You’ve got two Hopes Artie… Bob, and NO!!

    By DD on Jan 19, 2021

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