Early Bird

SSC1025 1988-01-01

Track List

The Early Bird Gets The Short End Of The Stick - 7:20
A Bad Case Of The Bu'S - 6:30
Quiet Fire - 8:27
If You Could See Me Know - 3:40
Basically Simple - 7:05
Playground For The Birds - 6:59
Dorothy - 5:34
Speak Low - 5:23


Donald Brown - piano
Donald Harrison - sax, flute
Bob Hurst - bass
Bill Mobley - trumpet, flugelhorn
Steve Nelson - vibraphone
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums

"Brown's writing and playing throughout this disc are outstanding and his sidemen are right there, too, digging in with equal passion." (Miles Jordan Jazz Times)


by Scott Yanow
Pianist Donald Brown, who has been often overshadowed by his contemporaries, is a talented modern mainstream pianist with a sound of his own. This CD, his debut as a leader, features Brown in a sextet that also stars altoist Donald Harrison (quite exploratory), trumpeter Bill Mobley, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and Wynton Marsalis's rhythm section of the time (bassist Bob Hurst and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts). Together they perform six of Brown's diverse and generally colorful originals, plus "Speak Low" and the pianist's solo showcase "If You Could See Me Now." It's an impressive and enjoyable outing.