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Tina Brooks

Tina Brooks had a short-lived career during the heyday of hard bop and didn't record for the last 12 years of his life. Nonetheless, his own records and his sessions with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd, Jimmy Smith, and Kenny Burrell leave the impression that he was on his way to becoming a tenor giant when he was overcome by health problems due to drug addiction. Brooks did session work with both Amos Milburn and Lionel Hampton, but the key to his own artistry is on the Blue Note label. He led only four sessions as a leader for Blue Note from 1958 through 1961 -- during his lifetime. The first two, Minor Move and True Blue, define the weighty edge in Brooks' playing and his plethora of improvisational ideas that extended the blues framework he operated out of beyond what most players were doing at the time. His reliance on minor-key signatures and open-ended harmonic figures were much-envied trademarks among his peers. Also on Blue Note is his work with McLean and Redd, both of whom played on his recordings. Perhaps Brooks' most seminal moment as an improviser, though, was on Redd's score for Jack Gelber's Beat play The Connection, performed by the Living Theater, where the musicians played themselves as characters and drug addicts, which was close to, if not spot on, the actual truth. Here he and McLean turned the hard bop blues into an aggressive, deeply emotional wail of truth and beauty winding around each other in short bursts and long lines as Redd turned the intervals inside out for the pair to blow. Brooks work on McLean's Street Singer and Jackie's Bag in 1959 and 1960 as well as Shades of Redd are stunning also. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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tina.-tina-b r o o k s good old soul-thats what it is good old soul
jazzdrums22
Tina Brroks was certainly an under-apprer c i a t e d talent. Wonderful tone, and marvelous ideas.
Good-Tina Brooks-I love this cut everyone on this cut cooks-late great freddy hub, hard & smooth G-O-O-D O-L-D S-O-U-L!!!!- n d e e d ! ! ! !
tina-tina-br o o k s that is & a host of heavys
Great jazz
This brother is jamming
tbanktex
To put Tina Brooks in the company of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon really speaks highly of Tina because I have never heard of him I grew up in Los Angeles in tn 60's and all Hard Bop was played on FM radio but never Tina Brooks! He was great and in the right company! Thanks for sharing!
Good stuff.
I like that.
But did they ''literally write the book'' in the sense there was a large physical book in which they all took turns writing and which is now in the permanent collection of some museum or archive? (That would actually be fun.)
myllymaa
Way cool
@mkeegin- I really concur with your last sentence. Well said.
mkeegin
This was the Golden Era of Jazz--the kind that only happens once when all the tumblers fall into place. Compare to Beethoven, Chopin, Memphis' Stax sound, Grunge--all a brilliant light that will never even be equaled. I used to go to NYC when I was in my early 20's and was privileged to meet John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Billy Higgins, Bobby Timmons, Art Blakey. Those guys literally wrote the book and they did it by listening to their inner voice--the bright light of their reason for being.
NICCCE BOPPERS
angela.mum
HE SURE IS HOTTTT! LOVE IT..SORRY I NEVER HEARD OF HIM UNTIL VERY RECENTLY. SORRY HE LIVED SUCH A SHORT LIFE...
Wow... This Dude is Awesome.
BIGGGGG BOPPIN...
BOPPIN...
thanks to wkcr 89.9fm for playing tina and now pandora
im.saadiq
Bebop at its finest... I'll be making purchase of Brooks' catalog on iTunes!
I am 57 years of age, I've listened to jazz since I was a teen,but I've never heard of Tina Brooks!!! That being said, this guy is GREAT!!!
This is where the rubber meets the road, and we seperate the men from the want to bee's.
Tina Brooks is amazing.

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