Without doubt Clifford Brown's mastery of his instrument and of the Be Bop idiom made him the best trumpeter of his time, ahead of Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham and streets ahead of Miles Davis. He was as fluent as the very best saxophonists and his sparkling tone,clarity of articulation and phrasing made him a truly sensational performer.
"Move" (taken from the album "Jam Session") is taken at a frenetic pace, and Brown shows that he is capable of producing a great solo at this phenomenal tempo while the other horns, with the possible exception of Clark Terry, only just manage to hold their own. Having said this, Harold Land, not my favourite tenor player,puts on strong performances on the other tracks taken from the first three albums, and blows his socks off on the opening number, "Sweet Clifford".
Max Roach fans will be pleased to find several extended drum solos and there is one vocal from Dinah Washington.
If you haven't already got "Study in Brown" and "Clifford Brown Sextet" get this collection. If you have then you may already have the best it has to offer.