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I Remember Clifford

Cuban emigre trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval may seem precisely the wrong musician to mount a tribute to Clifford Brown, the great jazz trumpeter of the 1950s. Brown was a model of intense lyricism, while Sandoval is forever suggesting sound and fury with his kinetic intensity and blazing high notes. Yet on I Remember Clifford, he has modified his usual inclinations to render lively and often winning performances of cagey bebop pieces identified with Brown. Aided by tenor saxophonists Ernie Watts and David Sanchez and a superior rhythm section, Sandoval buoys the album by incorporating some of Clifford’s classic improvisations, voiced for trumpet choir and played exclusively via overdubbing by Sandoval. At its best, the album is yet another lively example of jazz repertory in action. B

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