Theodore “Fats” Navarro & Clifford “Brownie” Brown – Two sides of the same …cup ;)

“…of the same …cup ;) — Say what?

Now, that’s easy to understand if you please really would listen closely to both tracks; then you would hear how the student (Brownie) has ideally realized his teacher’s (Fats) main goal:

“I’d like to just play a perfect melody of my own, all the chord progressions right, the melody original and fresh — my own.”

(from Dan Miller’s Jazz Quotations).

#1Yardbird Suite, as sung by Earl Coleman, accompanied by Fats Navarro on the cup-muted trumpet, Don Lanphere on tenorsax, Linton Garner, piano; Al Casey, guitar; Jim Johnson, bass; and Max Roach on drums; NYC, November 29, 1948.

Now hear this, how Brownie perfected Fats’ sound with the cup, at #2September Song, with Sarah Vaughan, Paul “The Vize President” Quinichette on tenor, Herbie Mann (who penned the lovely chart) on flute, Jimmy Jones, piano; Joe Benjamin, bass; and Roy Haynes on drums; Fine Sound Studios, NYC, December 16, 1954.

Timeless music in both cases; I could tirelessly listen to both albums which can be purchased HERE & HERE, and of course at various other places on the internet; as usual, I’d recommend to go for the vinyl.

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