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Clifford Brown/Eric Dolphy: Clifford Brown + Eric Dolphy Together 1954

RLR (Rare Live Recordings, boasts other rather remarkable finds. It was known that the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, while being formed in Los Angeles in 1954, sometimes practiced in the home of Eric Dolphy’s parents, but the erratically recorded Clifford Brown + Eric Dolphy Together 1954 (RLR 88616) is a surprise. Lengthy versions of “Deception” and “Fine and Dandy” feature the 25-year-old Dolphy (four years away from joining Chico Hamilton’s group) sounding a bit like Charlie Parker on alto. Brown (just 23 but very much in his prime), Harold Land on tenor, pianist Richie Powell and Max Roach also solo. In addition, there are several numbers with Brown playing decent piano behind Dolphy and Land, and two duets on which a so-so pianist backs the trumpeter.

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