“Joy Spring” is a 1954 standard written by Clifford Brown for his wife Nancy. He called her his Joy Spring. It’s a bouncy, joyful and loving song. They must have been truly happy together. Of course, they both tragically died in a car accident 2 years later along with the pianist on this piece Ritchie Powell. Clearly it’s a cautionary tale for those of us with ordinary surnames. Max Roach, on the other hand, with his far cooler moniker lived to the ripe old age of 83.
October 22, 2009