I Remember Clifford (song)
"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.
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]."
- Donald Byrd - Jazz Lab (Columbia 1957)
- Lee Morgan – Lee Morgan Vol. 3 (Blue Note, 1957)
- Don Ellis – Shock Treatment (2002 release as bonus track)
- 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)
- Hugh Masekela – Almost Like Being in Jazz (Chissa, 2005)
- Bill Wurtz - jazz green giant (2014)
Jon Hendricks added the lyrics, and it was 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
- Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. p. 3. Mosaic.
- "Hugh Masekela – Almost Like Being In Jazz". Discogs. discogs.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- "billwurtz". www.billwurtz.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- Mercury Records Discography: 1957 – JAZZDISCO.org. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Carmen McRae – Carmen for Cool Ones at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Sarah Vaughan – Live in Prague 1978 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Helen Merrill – Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Brownie Quotes – Benny Golson Golson's description of hearing of Brown's death
- Article at jazzstandards.com
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