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LA Jam Sessions 1954 By Clifford Brown


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In 1954, Clifford Brown took part in two legendary jam sessions in LA. The lineup of these jam sessions is quite remarkable with trumpeters Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, and Maynard Ferguson, altoist Herb Geller, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, Richie Powell, or Junior Mance on piano, Keeter Betts or George Morrow on bass, and drummer Max Roach. A nearly 15-minute “What Is This Thing Called Love” gives one the opportunity to compare the three very different trumpeters, “Darn That Dream” is a ballad feature for singer Dinah Washington, “Move” is taken at an incredible tempo which holds up for 14-and-a-half minutes and this set concludes with a four-song ballad medley; Brownie’s playing on “It Might as Well Be Spring” is classic. A truly brilliant set.

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.

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Jam Session 1954

1. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. Darn That Dream (Tacet)
3. Move
4. It Might As Well be Spring

Dinah Washington & Clifford Brown

1. Lover Come Back To Me
2-5. Alone Together, Summertime & Come Rain or Come Shine  (Tacet)
6. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
7. There Is No Greater Love (Tacet)
8. You Go To My Head

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