Wednesday, October 15, 2008


True Blue - Tina Brooks

Rating: 6/10
Sound Quality: 320 kb/s
Format: Mp3
Record Label: Blue Note
Year Released: 1960
Album Covers: Included
Pass: radiodada

About Tina Brooks
Harold Floyd (Tina) Brooks (June 7, 1932 – August 13, 1974), was an American hard bop tenor saxophonist and composer. Tina Brooks was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was the brother of David "Bubba" Brooks. He initially studied the C-melody saxophone, which he began playing 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. His friendship with trumpeter and composer Little Benny Harris led to his first recording as a leader. Harris played a key role in Brooks' acquiring a contract with Blue Note Records in 1958.

He is best known for his work for Blue Note Records, for whom he recorded four sessions as leader between 1958 and 1961, and for whom he also recorded as a sideman with Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd, and Jimmy Smith. McLean and Redd also appeared on Brooks' albums, and McLean and Brooks' musical performances in The Connection, a play by Jack Gelber with music by Redd, were highly regarded. Brooks was McLean's understudy in The Connection and performed on an album of music from the play.

Because of health problems due to drug addiction, Brooks did not record after 1961. He died of liver failure.


aldo said...

I'm playing it right now...ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
An absolute gem!

Radiodada said...

Hi Aldo!
Glad to hear you liked that record.
I suggest u to listen also this one below:

Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame

find it here

Tina Brooks is the composer of my favorites songs of the album (Open Sesame" & "Gypsy Blue)

Hope u like them as well too.

Big Papi said...

My word! I just stumbled across your site and your selection is awe inspiring. Thank you for the many classics. You are truly appreciated

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