Music that defines me. Bands that inspire me. In alphabetic order. From #abba to #thebeatles#thecure#dEUS#elbow#fleetwoodmac#thegathering#ninahagenband to??????? Join me and @blackcirclecollector in #inspiringmusicalphabet You can find my contributions on #kjdmusicalphabet
There is always an exception to the rule. Isn't it? The letter I is me (first?) exception. Of course, some nice artist starts with an I, but no bands who touch my heart. So I pass this one.
Have you got a favorite I artist?
Clifford Brown All-Stars (Emarcy, 1956)
For a variety of reasons, I try not to download or listen to too much stuff these days before I stumble upon the record. This has many upsides but one of the few downsides is that I sometimes take awhile to get into certain artists due to the rarity of their catalog. In Clifford Brown's case, his tragic 1956 death is a huge factor. I found an original pressing of a Brownie record for the first time today at @jupiterrecords. I've been sick since Thursday, and I thought I was well enough for a dig today, but I was pretty beat by the time the other half and I got home. After some R&R, I'm feeling mostly better, thanks in part to this find. This was the first posthumous Brown release, and constitutes the unused tracks from his "Best Coast Jazz" date, released in 1954. Naturally, this group includes Max Roach, and it includes many other greats as well. Curtis Counce and Kenny Drew round out the rhythm, and the front line is supported by altoists Herb Geller and Joe Maini as well as tenor man Walter Benton. Things might get crowded if the date didn't consist of two side-length tracks. "Caravan", naturally, is arranged as a call-and-response between Brown and the saxes, and is a good showing from everyone, but Roach is the star. His rhythmic accents go down to 64th notes. His solo flights are incredible, dynamic, and highly original. He supports the other players with such creativity that the ear is naturally drawn to him. On the other side, "Autumn in New York" is a more relaxed outing that sees Roach calming down and allowing everyone else to shine as well. These two long jams are great vehicles for exploration for all of the players, and in my opinion don't deserve to be viewed as outtakes. Good stuff. Not as good as severe cold medicine in this context, but still really good.