Personnel: Clifford Brown (trumpet); Max Roach (drums); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass).
Producer: Bob Shad.
Reissue producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California on August 2, 3 & 6, 1954 and at Capitol Studios, New York, New York on February 24, 1955. Includes liner notes by Kirk Silsbee.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Kevin Reeves (Universal Music Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Master Edition series.
Personnel: Clifford Brown (trumpet); Max Roach (drums, snare drum); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Richie Powell (piano).
Recording information: 08/1954-02/1955.
The pairing of trumpeter Clifford Brown and pioneering jazz drummer Max Roach on this 1955 release was a momentous one; theirs was a fruitful partnership ended by Brown's untimely death in '56. At a time when much of the jazz audience was looking toward the sounds of cool jazz, Brown and Roach reminded everyone that there was still plenty of life left in bebop. Roach's exploratory, colorful, masterfully swinging approach proves to be the perfect companion to Brown's dexterous, inventive trumpet work. The darting piano fills of Richie Powell and the vivid, fulsome sax lines of Harold Land fill out the picture, and the whole group matches a searching spirit with a lovingly bluesy warmth every step of the way.