[JPL] Tina Brooks

Larry Appelbaum jumpmonk at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 1 16:49:23 EDT 2012


it's been out on DVD for years. Not the greatest film transfer, and quite possibly unauthorized by the Clark Estate, but it's all we had for a long time unless you had a print or a vhs copy. 

> Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:37:18 -0700
> Subject: Re: [JPL] Tina Brooks
> From: nou.dadoun at gmail.com
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> 
> 
> He really lived the Connection lifestyle; worth noting that the Shirley
> Clark film of The Connection with Jackie McLean and Freddie Redd has just
> (finally) been issued on DVD:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Connection_%281961_film%29
> 
> (I have it on order!)
> 
> .. N
> 
> 
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM, Tom Mallison
> <tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com>wrote:
> 
> >
> > Here is more on Tine I found on line.
> >
> > Brooks is best known for his work forBlue Note Records <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Blue_Note_Records<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Note_Records>>between
> > 1958 and 1961, recording primarily as a sideman withKenny Burrell <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Kenny_Burrell<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Burrell>>,Freddie
> > Hubbard <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Freddie_Hubbard<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Hubbard>>,Jackie
> > McLean <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Jackie_McLean<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_McLean>>,Freddie
> > Redd <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Freddie_Redd<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Redd>>,
> > andJimmy Smith <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Jimmy_Smith_%28musician%29<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Smith_%28musician%29>>.
> > Around the same period, Brooks was McLean's understudy in/The Connection <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**The_Connection_%281959_play%29<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Connection_%281959_play%29>
> > **>/, a play byJack Gelber <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Jack_Gelber<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Gelber>>with
> > music by Redd, and performed on an album of music from the play on the
> > Felsted Label.
> >
> > Brooks recorded five sessions of his own for Blue Note (including one
> > jointly with McLean). The first session was recorded on 16 March 1958 at
> > theVan Gelder Studio <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Van_Gelder_Studio<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Gelder_Studio>
> > >**inHackensack, New Jersey <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**
> > Hackensack,_New_Jersey<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackensack,_New_Jersey>>,
> > and featured promising young trumpeterLee Morgan <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Lee_Morgan<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Morgan>>alongside
> > seasoned professionals such asSonny Clark <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**
> > Sonny_Clark <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Clark>>,Doug Watkins <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Doug_Watkins<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Watkins>>andArt
> > Blakey <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Art_Blakey<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Blakey>>.
> > Despite the calibre of the players and the quality of the output,/Minor
> > Move <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Minor_Move<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_Move>>/was
> > not released for more than two decades, long after Brooks had died. This
> > started an unfortunate trend, as three of his four other sessions (/Street
> > Singer <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Street_Singer<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Singer>>/,/Back
> > to the Tracks <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Back_to_the_Tracks<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Tracks>>/and/The
> > Waiting Game <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**The_Waiting_Game<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waiting_Game>>/)
> > did not appear during his lifetime. The exception was/True Blue <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**True_Blue_%28Tina_Brooks_**Album%29<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Blue_%28Tina_Brooks_Album%29>>/,
> > a session recorded on 25 June 1960 withFreddie Hubbard <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Freddie_Hubbard<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Hubbard>>,Duke
> > Jordan <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Duke_Jordan<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Jordan>>,Sam
> > Jones <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Sam_Jones<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Jones>>andArt
> > Taylor <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Art_Taylor<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Taylor>>.
> > The release of/True Blue/coincided with the release of Hubbard's Blue Note
> > debut album,/Open Sesame <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**
> > Open_Sesame_%28Freddie_**Hubbard_album%29<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Sesame_%28Freddie_Hubbard_album%29>>/(also
> > featuring Brooks), and was not actively promoted.^[3] <
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Tina_Brooks#cite_note-2<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Brooks#cite_note-2>
> > >
> >
> > Brooks did not record after 1961. Plagued by heroin dependency, and
> > gradually deteriorating health, he died of liver failure aged just 42.
> >
> >
> >   [edi
> >   <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/**index.php?title=Tina_Brooks&**
> > action=edit&section=3<http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tina_Brooks&action=edit&section=3>
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 6/1/2012 3:49 PM, Nou Dadoun wrote:
> >
> >> There's a great Mosaic box of his complete Blue Note recordings mainly his
> >> own True Blue and Back to the Tracks along with some sessions with Jackie
> >> McLean - his recordings as a leader were impossible to find til the Mosaic
> >> box came out then Blue Note reissued them, highly recommended; did he
> >> record for anybody else? ... N
> >>
> >> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Tom Mallison
> >> <tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com>**wrote:
> >>
> >>  Thought many of you might not be familiar with Tina Brooks or even
> >>> thought
> >>> it was a female.
> >>>
> >>> Harold Floyd Brooks was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was the
> >>> brother of David "Bubba" Brooks. The nickname *"Tina"*, pronounced Teena,
> >>> was a variation of *"Teeny"*, a childhood moniker. His favorite tune was
> >>> "My Devotion".  Initially, he studied the C-melody saxophone, which he
> >>> began playing the shortly after he moved to New York with his family in
> >>> 1944. Brooks' first professional work came in 1951 with rhythm and blues
> >>> pianist Sonny Thompson, and, in 1955, Brooks played with vibraphonist
> >>> Lionel Hampton.  Brooks also received less formal guidance from trumpeter
> >>> and composer "Little" Benny Harris, who led the saxophonist to his first
> >>> recording as a leader. Harris, in fact, was the one who recommended him
> >>> to
> >>> legendary producer Alfred Lion in 1958 which led to Blue Note Sessions.
> >>>
> >>> ALOHA
> >>> Tom
> >>>
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