[JPL] Tina Brooks

Tom Reney tr at wfcr.org
Fri Jun 1 17:12:15 EDT 2012

The first Blue Note I ever bought was Freddie Hubbard's BN debut, Open 
Sesame, with Tina and McCoy and Sam Jones and Clifford Jarvis.  I was 
buying the label, and was intrigued by the prospect of a female tenor 
player.   I can't recall if the fine print mentioned his full name.  
Anyway, it was "All or Nothing at All" for me from there.

Few things underscore the horrible cost of addiction than a great 
musician like Harold Floyd Brooks going the last 13 years of his life 
without making a record.
p.s. That's a nice date with Bubba.

On 6/1/2012 4:55 PM, Louis Erlanger wrote:
> I co-produced a CD of his brother Bubba Brooks called "Organic 
> Chemistry", with Bobby Forrester on organ, William Ash on guitar and 
> Tootsie Bean on drums.  It's a live set from Smalls in NYC.  Bubba was 
> a great tenor player who stayed very active in NYC until his death.  
> He had worked with a number of well known R&B bands, Wynonie Harris 
> among them,  when he wasn't playing jazz. He even did some work with 
> John Lee Hooker. Tina made a bigger name for himself in jazz, but they 
> were both great.
> 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.
>>> Tom
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