I Remember Clifford (song)

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"I Remember Clifford" is an instrumental jazz threnody written by jazz tenor saxophonist 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.[1]

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]."[citation needed]

Arturo Sandoval recorded the album I Remember Clifford as a tribute to Brown, who was a great influence on Sandoval; it features Golson's tune.

Notable recordings[edit]

Vocal versions[edit]

Jon Hendricks added the lyrics, and it was recorded by jazz vocalists including:

Washington, Vaughan and Merrill are the only three vocalists who recorded with Brown.[original research?][citation needed]


  1. ^ Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. p. 3. Mosaic.
  2. ^ "Hugh Masekela – Almost Like Being In Jazz". Discogs. discogs.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "billwurtz". www.billwurtz.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  4. ^ Mercury Records Discography: 1957 – JAZZDISCO.org. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  5. ^ Carmen McRae – Carmen for Cool Ones at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  6. ^ Sarah Vaughan – Live in Prague 1978 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  7. ^ Helen Merrill – Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.

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