I Remember Clifford (song)

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"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.[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]

I Remember Clifford is also the name of an album by Arturo Sandoval. The entire album is a tribute to Brown, who was a great influence on Sandoval, and features Golson's tune.

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Vocal version[edit]

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

Washington, Vaughan and Merrill are only three vocalists who recorded with Brown.


  1. ^ Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. p. 3. Mosaic.
  2. ^ Mercury Records Discography: 1957 - JAZZDISCO.org, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  3. ^ Carmen McRae - Carmen for Cool Ones at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  4. ^ Sarah Vaughan - Live in Prague 1978 at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  5. ^ Helen Merrill - Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown at AllMusic, Retrieved on 2010-06-30.

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