(4-LP set) In 1954, months before the Jazz Messengers, spearheaded by Art Blakey and Horace Silver, formed serendipitously at a Blue Note recordings session, Max Roach was forming his own quintet with Clifford Brown in Los Angeles. It would become the first defining group in the music that would soon be known as hard bop. By August, the group’s line-up with Harold Land, Richie Powell and George Morrow and a major label deal with Emarcy Records were secured. On June 26, 1956, a car accident took the life of Brown and Powell, bringing this brilliant ensemble’s legacy to a close.
Brown did many side projects for Emarcy in those two years, but it is the four albums by the quintet ("Brown And Roach, Incorporated," "Clifford Brown And Max Roach," "Study In Brown" and "At Basin Street" (by which time, Sonny Rollins had replaced Land) that have had the most enduring influence on successive generations of jazz artists. In the words of liner note writer Bob Blumenthal, "the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet created one of the very greatest string of small-group recordings in jazz history, worthy of consideration alongside the Hot Fives and Sevens of Louis Armstrong and the quintets of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis."
Mosaic has returned to the original analog masters of these four seminal albums and remastered them and pressed them on 180-gram vinyl at the renowned Record Technology Inc. plant in Camarillo, California. The booklet boasted a great essay by Bob Blumenthal and a wealth of photographs by Chuck Stewart and Francis Wolff. Limited edition of 2,500.