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Tommy Flanagan

Known for his flawless and tasteful playing, Tommy Flanagan received long overdue recognition for his talents in the 1980s. He played clarinet when he was six and switched to piano five years later. Flanagan was an important part of the fertile Detroit jazz scene (other than 1951-1953 when he was in the Army) until he moved to New York in 1956. He was used for many recordings after his arrival during that era; cut sessions as a leader for New Jazz, Prestige, Savoy, and Moodsville; and worked regularly with Oscar Pettiford, J.J. Johnson (1956-1958), Harry "Sweets" Edison (1959-1960), and Coleman Hawkins (1961). Flanagan was Ella Fitzgerald's regular accompanist during 1963-1965 and 1968-1978, which resulted in him being underrated as a soloist. However, starting in 1975, he began leading a series of superior record sessions and since leaving Fitzgerald, Flanagan has been in demand as the head of his own trio, consistently admired for his swinging and creative bop-based style. Among the many labels he has recorded for since 1975 are Pablo, Enja, Denon, Galaxy, Progressive, Uptown, Timeless, and several European and Japanese companies. For Blue Note, he cut Sunset and Mockingbird in 1998, followed a year later by Samba for Felix. Despite a heart condition, Flanagan continued performing until the end of his life, performing two-week stints at the Village Vanguard twice a year, recording and touring. He died on November 16, 2001, in Manhattan from an arterial aneurysm. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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desmond_joll y
First heard him back in the mid sixties in New York. what an introduction . At. The Museum of Modern Art.
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If I were still accumulating possessions, I think I would acquire the Thelonica album by Tommy Flanagan. It's Flanagan playing Monk, absolutely not the way Monk would play the tunes, but making them his own in a very lovely way.
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I agree. Tells a story. No need for words. Elegant and smooth.
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It speaks volumes to learn that Ella chose to work with Tommy. Absolutely swinging and never straying from melodic genuineness. Confessing that he was not immediately known as the great artist to me until fairly recently. By way of Gene Harris I've come to him and am very glad of it. Swing out Tommy! Aloha
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mreabrown
Wicked,And straight ahead.
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His music is oh so peaceful. enjoyed listening.
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(Cry's) �������� sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o sad you died but what wonderful music god bless Tommy Flanagan so peaceful it even made my grandmother go to sleep but I can still hear those stupid idiot birds ugh ������������ � I don't wanna kill the birds ��������
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Born March 16, 1930 Detroit, Michigan, US
Died November 16, 2001 (aged 71)
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..sad when you getrecognize d towards the end of your career.Wonde r f u l talent that touched so many lives(my father died the same way)....
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Sweet and cookin' - Need more of this!
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BEAUTIFUL
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Amazing...th a n k you.
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Just magic. Thanks for the music from one old drummer.
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Piano jazz at its best. Wow
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Mr. Flanagan, is an awesome player, his music really put me in a relax mode. I could listen to him all day. When a person can play music where you can hear words that is awesome.
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mccoyfatima
This song tells a story without words, doesn't it?!
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Lovely, soft, sensual, soothing. Mmm.
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Terrific.... . . . j u s t terrific!
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wonderful!
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tuff!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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THank you Pandora
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Is such a joy to listen to his music this right is move like magic along the keys this residence perfect style is beautiful I just love sitting back relaxing I listen to Tommy Flanagan
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Thomas Lee Flanagan (March 16, 1930 – November 16, 2001) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He grew up in Detroit, initially influenced by pianists Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole, and then by the newer bebop musicians. Within months of moving to New York in 1956, he had recorded with Miles Davis and on Sonny Rollins' landmark Saxophone Colossus. Recordings under various leaders, including the historically important Giant Steps of John Coltrane, and The Incredible Jazz Guitar
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Georgeous absolutely Georgeous fingers and music to go with it.
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Love it! Almost like Keith Jarrett…
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Wow. This is good. Thanks Pandora.
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Wow! Almost spiritual.
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One of the best, tasteful trios around.
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OMG. Wish Angel Eyes would go on for......... . . 4 hours. Yeah, THAT 4 hours!
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howard.herrn s t a d t
BTW, he was also a very friendly, warm person. His music mirrored his personality. I saw him in duo concert with Barry Harris. THAT was wonderful. Sadly, no one ever recorded them together. Tommy came occasionally to Barry Harris' Jazz Cultural Theater with his wife, just to enjoy watching the young folks learning about jazz.
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Key player in the Detroit Jazz scene of the 50's, awesome player. This version of "Angel Eyes" is just awesome.
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Grrrrreat!!!
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love1all2001
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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milgorjon
Though I thought myself fairly knowledgeabl e , I couldn't believe Tommy Flanagan haf escaped my attention 'til I heard him on Pandora. He is amazing..... a n d fast becoming one of my favorites... . . w h a t a talent....tr u l y a joy to listen to on everything he plays.
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denisenepail g j r l
This is my kind of music relaxing and refreshing
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he's amazing.
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Thats my uncle
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Quite relaxing I have to say, it's beautiful, calm, quiet, and the perfect music to take a nap to. :)
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I had tickets to go see him, but he cancelled at the last minute--I was waiting in line to go into the auditorium-- because of health problems. He died shortly thereafter. He was a fabulous piano player.
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Tommy relaxes me to no end!!!!
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revjonys
NPR station in Boston ... Jazz in The Evening plays a particular Flannegan piece at the beginning of each day's program. The name is Peace. It was my introduction to Mr. Flanagan. God Bless you Sir!
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Thank you for this find, Pandora!
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frankgpotter
LOVELY !!
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Impeccable. So tight yet so loose!
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pretty music
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bfotsch456
This is piano.....lo v e it
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Absolutament e perfecto, un magnífico músico.
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For those who are wondering, the band is Peter Washington (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). They are seriously burning on this track.
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Wow! What a great Jazz Pianist should sound like!!
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@patedk, seriously, how could they miss that one (COME ON! It's Giant Steps for crying out loud)? LOL. Tommy Flanagan is a beast!
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