Clifford Brown records ‘Memorial Album,’ his first album for Blue Note (1953)

Clifford Brown’s ‘Memorial Album’ is the first album under his leadership recorded on June 9, 1953 and released in 1956 by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Hymn Of The Orient (Gigi Gryce) – 04:07 . 2.Easy Living (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 03:44 . 3.Minor Mood (Clifford Brown) – 04:34 . 4.Cherokee (Ray Noble) – 03:27 . 5.Wail Bait (Quincy Jones) – 04:02 . 6.Brownie Speaks (Clifford Brown) – 03:46 . 7.De-Dah (Elmo Hope) – 04:51 . 8.Cookin’ (Lou Donaldson) – 03:14 . 9.You Go To My Head (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 04:19 . 10.Carvin’ The Rock (Elmo Hope, Sonny Rollins) – 03:56


Francis Wolff

Musicians : Clifford Brown – Trumpet . Lou Donaldson – Alto Saxophone On (6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10) . Elmo Hope – Piano On (6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10) . Percy Heath – Bass On (6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10) . Philly Joe Jones – Drums On (6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10) . John Lewis – Piano On (1 -2 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Gigi Gryce – Alto Saxophone, Flute On (1 -2 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Charlie Rouse – Tenor Saxophone On (1 -2 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Percy Heath – Bass On (1 -2 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Art Blakey – Drums On (1 -2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion

Package : Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded On June 9, 1953 At Wor Studios, New York City And On August 28, 1953 At Audio-Video Studios, New York City.

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Guy’s Music Review Site
The performances are excellent throughout, but when compared to the trumpeter’s later work, these sessions are definitely (slightly) inferior and occasionally feel as if it’s a gifted band at work that’s going through the motions. Still, Memorial Album is an ideal album for be-bop fans and an excellent starting point to get acquainted with Brown. […]

jazz.com
As a matter of fact, in Leonard Feather�s Encyclopedia of Jazz, which was released in 1955 (with interviews conducted by mail in 1954), Clifford listed “Easy Living” as his best solo to date on record. […]

allmusic
Casual listeners would be better off starting out with some of Brown’s recordings with Max Roach; nonetheless, seasoned fans will find this to be a treasure chest. […]

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