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RECORDING: Backgrounder: Sonny Rollins Plus 4

The sound of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet on their studio recordings for EmArcy starting in 1954 was unmistakable. Trumpeter Brown’s pointed and lyrical blowing combined with Roach’s restless drums and the deliberate sound of Harold Land’s tenor saxophone poured the foundation for a new daring and elegant form of hard bop….

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