(March 3, 2017): Tina Brooks – The Blues and I

From the posthumous 1990 album, Back To The Tracks. This LP was cobbled together from September and October 1960 hard bop sessions with Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew and Blue Mitchell. Van Gelder did the recording. I remember picking this up in vinyl at the time of its release, which turned out to be the outset of a return to the vaults for hosts of reissues over the 1990s. A great time to pick up remasters of what I had listened to growing up in my parents house.  Harold “Tina” Brooks – nicked named Tiny as a kid and somehow that morphed to Tina – was a sideman for a number players in the Blue Note stable. He got hooked on heroin and did not play after 1961. Died young at 42.

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