I Remember Clifford (song)
"I Remember Clifford" is the title of an instrumental jazz threnody written by jazz tenor saxophone player Benny Golson in memory of Clifford Brown, the influential and highly regarded jazz trumpeter who died in an auto accident at the age of 25. Brown and Golson had done a stint in Lionel Hampton's band together. The original recording was by Donald Byrd in January 1957.
The composition became an instant standard, as musicians paid tribute to Brown by recording their personal reading of it. Golson later said, "[it] took me several weeks, but I'd never written a composition like it before. I wanted to create a melody that the public would remember, and associate it with [him]."
- Lee Morgan - Lee Morgan Vol. 3 (Blue Note, 1957)
- Don Ellis - Shock Treatment (2002)
- Art Farmer and Benny Golson, Meet the Jazztet (Argo, 1960)
- Stan Getz - Didn't We (Verve, 1969)
- Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Gillespie at Newport (Verve, 1957); Birks Works: The Verve Big Band Sessions (Verve, 1957)
- Woody Herman - Woody Live East and West (CBS, 1965)
- Milt Jackson - Bags' Opus (United Artists, 1958)
- Keith Jarrett - Still Live (ECM, 1986)
- Modern Jazz Quartet - European Concert (Atlantic, 1960)
- Oscar Peterson - Something Warm (Verve, 1962)
- George Cables - Circle (Contemporary, 1979)
- Bud Powell - A Tribute to Cannonball - with Don Byas (Columbia, 1961 )
- Buddy Rich - Blues Caravan (Verve, 1961)
- Sonny Rollins - Now's the Time (RCA Victor, 1964)
- Arturo Sandoval - I Remember Clifford (GRP Records, 1992)
- Seneca Black - I Remember Clifford (Peter Drew, 2016)
Jon Hendricks added the lyrics, and recorded by jazz vocalists including:
- Dinah Washington - recorded October 4, 1957, but probably not released until 1959 compilation album The Queen!.
- Carmen McRae - 1958 album Carmen for Cool Ones
- Kenny Dorham - 1958 album This Is the Moment! (Riverside)
- Nancy Wilson with George Shearing - 1961 album The Swingin's Mutual!
- Ray Charles - 1970 album My Kind of Jazz
- Sarah Vaughan - Live in Prague 1978 (DVD). Vaughan probably made no studio recordings nor official live recordings of this song.
- The Manhattan Transfer - 1985 album Vocalese
- Helen Merrill - 1995 album Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown
Washington, Vaughan and Merrill are only three vocalists who recorded with Brown.
- Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. p. 3. Mosaic.
- Mercury Records Discography: 1957 - JAZZDISCO.org, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
- Carmen McRae - Carmen for Cool Ones at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
- Sarah Vaughan - Live in Prague 1978 at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
- Helen Merrill - Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
- Brownie Quotes - Benny Golson Golson's description of hearing of Brown's death
- Article at jazzstandards.com
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