180 Gram Vinyl LP in Gatefold Packaging
The great Clifford Brown only recorded on one occasion with be-bebop trombone pioneer J. J. Johnson. At the time of the 1953 recording session, Johnson had withdrawn from full-time playing to work as a blueprint inspector. The date took place in New York on June 22, 1953. The master takes were originally released as part of Blue Note’s 10-inch Modern Jazz 5000 Series on BLP 5028, entitled Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown. When reissued in Blue Note’s 12-inch 1500 series of LPs, tracks from the original 1953 recording session were spread over two albums and combined with tracks from a later date producing The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 (BLP 1505) and The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 (BLP 1506). Such an early issue of alternate takes on the second volume, which appeared in 1956, was due to the fact that Clifford Brown had died in a car accident on June 26 of that year at the age of 25, making every recorded document of his trumpet a thing of great value.
1 GET HAPPY (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler) 4:56
2 LOVER MAN (Jimmie Davis-Roger Ramírez-Jimmy Sherman) 3:59
3 ISLE OF CAPRI (Gigi Gryce) 3:44
4 SKETCH 1 (John Lewis) 4:30
5 TURNPIKE (J. J. Johnson) 4:24
1 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU(Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen) 4:49
2 ISLE OF CAPRI (Gigi Gryce) [alternative take] 3:53
3 TURNPIKE (J. J. Johnson) [alternative take] 4:16
4 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE(Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer) 4:16*
5 IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING(Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II) 4:59*
CLIFFORD BROWN, trumpet
JAY JAY JOHNSON, trombone
JIMMY HEATH, tenor & baritone sax
JOHN LEWIS, piano
PERCY HEATH, bass
KENNY CLARKE, drums
Original session recorded by Doug Watkins & produced by Alfred Lion.
WOR Studio, New York City, June 22, 1953.
CLIFFORD BROWN, trumpet; HENRI RENAUD, piano; PIERRE MICHELOT, bass; BENNY BENNETT, drums. Paris, France, October 15, 1953.