[JPL] Tina Brooks

Leslie Keros lkeros885 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 17:30:35 EDT 2012


Tina did a nice job on Jimmy Smith's *Cool Blues.
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On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:03 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.
>
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> On 6/1/2012 3:49 PM, Nou Dadoun wrote:
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>> 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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