(Sep 29, 2012): Tommy Flanagan Trio – Verdandi

From the 1957 album, Overseas.  This recording of Tommy Flanagan, with Elvin Jones on drums and Booker Little on bass, was made in Stockholm in August 1957.  In July 2012, a copy of the original Prestige release sold at auction for over $3200.00.  From the mid-1950’s onward Flanagan seemed to be everywhere — John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus, Wes Montgomery’s The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper’s Straight Life, etc.  He is probably best known in a supporting role, though, as Ella Fitzgerald’s piano man.  As a solo artist, Flanagan’s technique improved with age and through the 1980s and 1990s he was a true elder statesman of jazz.

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