Sam Brown (guitarist)

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Sam Brown
Born(1939-02-19)February 19, 1939
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died(1977-12-28)December 28, 1977
Bloomington, Indiana

Sam Brown (January 19, 1939 – December 27, 1977) was a jazz guitarist.


Sam T. Brown's playing style was unusual in that he performed in a generally jazz-rock format, while performing in Keith Jarrett's ensembles that sometimes veered close to a free jazz style.[1] His initial recording success included membership of the jazz rock group Ars Nova during the 1967-1969 period.

Brown's most noteworthy recorded performances were on recordings of Keith Jarrett (particularly, his "American band" with Dewey Redman); and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. On the Liberation Music Orchestra album he has a spotlighted performance on the 21-minute suite, "El Quinto Regimiento/Los Cuatro Generales/Viva la Quince Brigada".[2]

He also performed as a session musician for popular artists as diverse as James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Peter Allen and Barry Manilow.


As sideman[edit]

With Carla Bley

With Gary Burton

With Ron Carter

With Richard Davis

With Paul Desmond

  • Bridge over Troubled Water: Paul Desmond plays the songs of Simon and Garfunkel (CTI, 1970)

With the Bill Evans-George Russell Orchestra

With Astrud Gilberto

With Gene Harris

With Keith Jarrett

With Hubert Laws

With Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

With the Liberation Music Orchestra

With Mike Mainieri

With Herbie Mann

With Dave Matthews Big Band

  • Night Flight (1977)
  • Live at the Five Spot (1975)

With Gary McFarland

With Blue Mitchell

With Paul Motian

With Mark Murphy

With Duke Pearson

With Pat Rebillot

  • Free Fall (1974)

With Jeremy Steig

As guest[edit]


  1. ^ Keith Jarrett Discography
  2. ^ "El Quinto Regimiento/Los Cuatro Generales/Viva la Quince Brigada

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