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True Blue
Tina Brooks
True Blue
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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With a strong, smooth tone and an amazing flow of fresh ideas every time he soloed, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks should have been a major jazz artist, but his legacy is confined to a series of dates that he did for Blue N...  more »

     
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All Artists: Tina Brooks
Title: True Blue
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2/15/2005
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724386447326

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Album Description
With a strong, smooth tone and an amazing flow of fresh ideas every time he soloed, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks should have been a major jazz artist, but his legacy is confined to a series of dates that he did for Blue Note as a sideman and leader. "True Blue" is the only album under his own name to come out in his lifetime. He and Freddie Hubbard had recorded Hubbard's "Open Sesame" a week earlier. Based on these two albums alone, Brooks should have been recognized as an important new voice in jazz. This CD adds to two alternate takes to the original LP. * Bonus tracks, not part of the original LP.
Recorded on June 25, 1960 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey TINA BROOKS, tenor sax, FREDDIE HUBBARD, trumpet; DUKE JORDAN, piano; SAM JONES, bass; ART TAYLOR, drums
 

CD Reviews

Necessary Reissue
Thomas Aikin | San Diego, CA | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had been after this album for about six years, but knew that Blue Note would eventually give it the proper reissue treatment. Tina Brooks has long been a cult hero in jazz and now that True Blue has been included in Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder series he will find additional fans. Brooks, like many other jazzmen, lived hard and died young. He sounds like he's bleeding soul on each note that he plays. Thats not to say his music is depressing, on the contrary he write bluesy classic 50/60s Blue Note hard bop. Brooks' highly melodic solos owe much to his background as an R&B saxophonist. His sense of melody and that ultra lived in sense of the blues is really what makes him a notable player. On True Blue , Brooks is backed by a typically stellar Blue Note rhythm section and is joined by Freddie Hubbard on the trumpet. It really is the Tina Brooks show however as he takes long solos on every cut. Hard to pick any particular standout track, but the entire program is steeped in the blues. Several of the tunes remind me of Brooks' "Street Singer" (still my favorite Brooks piece). I highly recommend True Blue, and its likely his finest album, but Brooks' entire catalog (four albums) is pretty much necessary. Get this and get "Back to the Tracks" before it goes out of print."
Phenomenal!
D. Kolton | The Great Northwest | 08/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like many of his peers, Tina Brooks life was cut short by a drug overdose. However in the short time he was with us, he recorded some phenomenal stuff. This is by far his best album under his name, with songs that both flow from the bop days, yet maintain such a timelss quality that they seem current today.

Truly no jazz/Blue Note collection is complete without this disk!"
Wonderful
P. E. Fortin | Derry, NH United States | 03/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Blue Note was on the mark to re-release this classic. Tina Brook's style of blues laced jazz is a sound that will bring joy to your soul. A must have CD for any jazz collection."