While he might not be a household name, Clifford Brown was - I believe - one of the best jazz trumpeters ever to have played, up there with the likes of Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, players people are inclined to make much more noise about, but none of whom, I don't think, ever surpassed Brown's charismatic and joyful sound.
After Brown died in a car crash at the age of only 27, Dizzy Gillespie went as far as to describe the day as a fatal blow for jazz. It's understandable why Gillespie felt this way - Brown was not only a virtuouso player, he had incredible soul and subtlety, as well as stunning speed and style. Add to that that he was also a composer in his own right, with a very distinctive quality to his work.
This album with Roach has some lovely tracks: "Sandu", for instance, has that classic Brown sound; "George's Dillema" is a funked out kind of "Afro-jazz" number, with Roach doing his stuff on drums; "Take the A Train" and the others all have great melodies that Brown plays with wonderfully.
If your new to CB, or you know some of his other stuff, this is a lovely album to own. I first encountered his stuff in Budapest of all places, found an old LP of him and Max Roach, and I listened to it again and again. Got me back into jazz in fact, which can only be a good thing.