The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, boxed set of four CDs, $66.98 . CODE: BAT-56
“And now, that great trumpet sensation Clifford Brown,” shouts the emcee at Birdland on disc three, the first of two covering an appearance with the Blakey band in 1954. The group doesn’t disappoint, especially on tunes by its pianist, Horace Silver, and on Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet vehicle, “A Night in Tunisia,” which Brown eagerly attacks. “Yes, sir, I’m gonna stay with the youngsters,” Blakey says with approval of Brown and his band before the final number.
When a Village Voice interviewer recently asked the saxophonist Sonny Rollins to choose between a Clifford Brown CD and one by today’s young trumpeter of the moment, Roy Hargrove, he chose “Brownie” but cautioned, “We have to give Roy a chance to develop.” The two recordings were by trumpeters almost exactly the same age.