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California Surprise

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144000.003.0009
                   California Surprise

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As soon as they convened in California, Max Roach and Clifford Brown set up an apartment together. It was propitious for several reasons, the main one being their need to have long conversations about the kind of music they wanted to create together. The apartment doubled as a music library and rehearsal studio. Max Roach's trademark as a percussionist had been the fixed pulse ride cymbal rhythm figure pioneered by Kenny Clarke. After they had worked out concepts for the music they wanted to play, they needed to find musicians who could help them establish the new group. They were soon joined by bassist George Bledsoe, Carl Perkins on piano, and Teddy Edwards. In April 1954, the first appearances of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet took place. The California scene was exactly the tonic that Brown needed—sunshine, exciting people, and great jazz. It was also here that he would meet a diminutive young classical music student named LaRue Anderson, who eventually became his wife.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; jazz; California; band; LaRue Anderson; Max Roach; musicians; George Bledsoe; Carl Perkins; Teddy Edwards

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Subjects: American Music

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