USA, 1956, hard bop

Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street: Brown and Roach popped up on my radar in a casual chat about jazz. We were listing off our favorite artists/performers, and after I was done, someone said, “Impressive list, but you missed Brown and Roach”. Since I respected the opinion of the person who said that, I looked them up, and yeah, I missed them. I’m glad to be expanding my feeble jazz knowledge and not just falling into a fusion hole. I also have hardly anything from the 50s in my collection, and what’s there is mostly jazz now. By the way, this may look like a live set, but it ain’t. Sonny Rollins really elevates things with his tenor sax. There’s so much wonderful back and forth with the alternating soloing!

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