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Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter by Nick Catalano

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You’re in your early 20s, you’re being nationally hailed as the most important new trumpeter since Dizzy Gillespie, you’re working on an equal level with the best musicians in the business, and record producers in both America and Europe are scrabbling to sign you up. How do you react? Do you grab the fast bucks and buy all of the high-priced cars, designer clothes and jewelry you can? Do you cop lavish quantities of the hippest drugs on the market? Do you party every night with the hottest chicks in town? Or do you, like Clifford Brown, maintain a level head, live a straight, dope-free life, remain faithful to your wife, practice your horn every chance you get, take a responsible interest in the business end of your career-and yet die at the height of your powers, through agencies beyond your control?

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