About Clifford Brown
One of the greatest trumpeters of all time, Clifford Brown's 1956 death in a car accident at the age of 25 was one of the most profound losses to the jazz world. Yet, "Brownie" (as he was affectionately known) left behind one of the most impressive and lasting bodies of work that continues to hold sway on musicians decades after his passing. Blessed with a warm, fat tone and deep grasp of bebop harmony, he quickly rose through the ranks of the leading trumpeters of his time, ascending to the top echelon alongside icons like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Brown cemented his place in jazz history forming his landmark quintet with drummer Max Roach and recording a handful of classic albums in Clifford Brown & Max Roach, Brown and Roach Incorporated, and Study in Brown, all of which helped define the hard bop sound of the late '50s.
BORNOctober 30, 1930