Study in Brown features the 1955 version of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, a group also including tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Richie Powell, and bassist George Morrow. One of the premiere early hard bop units, this band had unlimited potential. Highlights of this set are "Cherokee" (during which trumpeter Brown is brilliant), "Swingin'," and "Sandu." All of this group's recordings are well worth acquiring.
Although Clifford Brown did a phenomenal amount of commercial recordings during his all too brief lifetime (he died prior to his 26th birthday in a car crash that also took the life of his quintet's pianist Richie Powell, Bud's younger brother), relatively few of the recordings he made were on stage. Fortunately, this CD includes performances from two 1956 broadcasts from the old Basin Street club in New York City, and two tracks from a Carnegie Hall concert the previous year…
“What was immediately striking was the fresh sound of the quintet. The remarkable empathy within the group, the careful selection of material and the exciting arrangements by Powell all contributed mightily to that sound. Clifford Brown had come into his own as composer as “Sweet Clifford,” “Joy Spring” and “Daahoud” demonstrate. It didn’t hurt that Roach and Brown were complete originals and among the greatest performers on their instruments.
First three tracks of this album are from legendary pianist/composer/theorist Thelonios Monk; with Thad Jones on trumpet and Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone. And the last two tracks are from drummer Max Roach; with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, and Julian Priester on trombone. Although Monk and Roach doesn't perform together in any track; this album can be recommended to the collectors; because of the great names, and also for the DENON label.
Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard
Sonny Rollins has emerged from his ‘woodshed’ in Chicago a vibrant and more complete musician with promise of still more to come. These recordings, made shortly after he came East as a member of the Max Roach/Clifford Brown group, are stimulating as no intoxicant or spirit, but only music can be. Max Roach is fantastic and masterful, as he is everywhere at once but never in the way. This is not “pop” jazz, made palatable for people with weak viscera or none at all. This is jazz, Jim! It runs deep emotionally. It gets down to hard swinging without sacrificing thinking.