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Clifford Brown’s Complete Paris Sessions By Clifford Brown


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This 132-page, 42-song transcription collection is an incredible achievement from transcriber Erik Veldkamp. Especially when you realize how important Clifford Brown is to the history of modern jazz trumpet playing.

In a way, Brown was the Wynton Marsalis of his time; like Marsalis, Brown came on the jazz scene following a period of significant stylistic change. However, unlike Marsalis, Brown chose to embrace the innovations of his immediate elders. In the process, Brown became one of the great post-Gillespie trumpeters, developing a voice that spoke the language of bebop with a distinct, personal inflection. In September 1953, Brown went to Europe with Lionel Hampton. While in Paris, Brown recorded a series of sides with mostly French rhythm sections for the Vogue label. Half the cuts feature Brown as a featured soloist with a big band comprised of Hampton’s band members and led by alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce. Gryce’s tunes are solid, but the date would be unmemorable without Brown, whose flair for spontaneous invention elevates the banality of the context. The final tracks present Brown and Gryce in a sextet, and the results are more compelling. Gryce’s Bird-derived improvisations are pleasant, and his tunes and arrangements seem to bear up better when written for a small group. Brown was one of the most technically accomplished trumpet players jazz had produced to that point, yet his solos never had that preconceived air that characterized the work of later chopsmeisters like Marsalis. Brown was an improviser par excellence, and his work here presents him in fine form. Considering the fact that his career was so short, this is a valuable document not to be missed.

This book is a part of the highly ambitious Erik Veldkamp project to completely transcribe every note Clifford Brown ever put on record. You get the full tunes, complete with chord changes, expertly engraved, and ready for you to drop the needle and play along to your favourite records. Check out the full song list below, play some samples for free to the left, then grab an immediate PDF download above.

Song List

1-1. Brown Skins (AT)
1-2. Brown Skins
1-3. Deltitnu
1-4. Keeping Up With Jonesy
1-5. Keeping Up With Jonesy (AT)
1-6. Conception
1-7. Conception (AT)
1-8. All The Things You Are
1-9. All The Things You Are (AT)
1-10. I Cover The Waterfront
1-11. Goofin’ With Me
2-1. Minority
2-2. Minority (AT 2)
2-3. Minority (AT 3)
2-4. Salute To The Bandbox
2-5. Salute To The Bandbox (AT)
2-6. Strictly Romantic
2-7. Baby
2-8. Baby (AT)
2-9 Quick Step
2-10 Quick Step (AT 2)
2-11 Quick Step (AT 3)
2-12. Bum’s Rush
2-13. Bum’s Rush (AT 2)
2-14. Bum’s Rush (AT 3)
2-15. No Start No End
3-1. Chez Moi
3-2. All Weird (take 1)
3-3. All Weird (take 2 extract)
3-4. All Weird (take 2)
3-5. Blue & Brown
3-6. I Can Dream Can’t I (take 1)
3-7. I Can Dream Can’t I (take 2)
3-8. I Can Dream Can’t I (take 3)
3-9. The Song Is You (take 1)
3-10. The Song Is You (take 2)
3-11. Come Rain Or come Shine (take 1)
3-12. Come Rain Or come Shine (take 2)
3-13. It Might As Well be Spring (take 1)
3-14. It Might As Well be Spring (take 2)
3-15. You’re A Lucky Guy (take 1)
3-16. You’re A Lucky Guy (take 2)
3-17. You’re A Lucky Guy (take 3)

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