Clifford Brown Solo on ‘Parisian Thoroughfare’
This one looks so nice because I had to hand it in for an assessment. Learnt the fella off by heart too. Trying to replicate this solo really taught me how much finger fluency Clifford had. That double-time passage at the end of the first chorus is not an easy one to get first time. Likewise, his turns take some aggressive digit work to stay in the pocket like he does. Also worth noting is little whole-tone escapade at bar 41-42- pretty out Cliff!
I also enjoyed the structure of the solo. Unlike many solo’s which end with a bluesy lick or two, Clifford pulled his blues vibes early- in the first A to be exact. He also was able to go into his upper-register within the first A but not lose any momentum as he floated back down. Lastly, as a friend and Clifford fan noted: ‘so much major. You’d be called a square if you played that today.’ True, Clifford doesn’t get too exotic [on this one at least ] but if you could play with the same fluency and flare as he does, I don’t think it’d really matter what you played…