If you wonder why some people rave about Clifford Brown being equal to (or even better than) Dizzy or Miles, check out, among others, this magnificent album... First of all - It's always exciting to hear the first recording of classic tunes - Brown's "Daahoud" and, one of my all-time-favorite-jazz-tunes ever, "Joy Spring"... Yes, tragically short-lived Clifford Brown was a very talented composer as well!
Brown sparkles throughout, playing worm, sonorous, boppish and subtle modern trumpet, aided by more cool-sounding musicians in beautiful arrangements, with the elegant Zoot Sims on tenor-sax, one of those underrated mainstream giants it's always pleasure to hear... Jack Montrose's arrangements are great and all the players sound compact as if they have rehearsed for months before taping this, and yet the music is relaxed as if it was a jam session.
Other tunes are of various quality in themselves ("Gone with the wind" is, no doubt, better material than "Blueberry Hill"), but each track is equally rewarding, in each I found my thrill... I firmly believe this is an album equally suitable for jazz beginners and for jazz-buffs who somehow missed on Clifford Brown. Warm, lovely, essential.