by David Mendez
Clifford Brown, by the time of his death at age 25, was one of Jazz's next great trumpet superstars. Unfortunately, his life was claimed by a car accident between gigs in Philadelphia and Chicago, leaving a great sadness in and thoughts of what could have been for a man who exhibited talent beyond his years.
This is Brown's Joy Spring, originally written for his wife LaRue, who he called his "joy spring." Recorded alongside legendary jazz drummer Max Roach, it's become a beloved jazz standard.