On True Blue , Tina Brooks, then 28, showed that he was a gifted composer as well as a fluid improviser by writing all six tracks.
Brooks illustrates his prowess on the tenor saxophone with a long, snaking solo. A harmonized melody distinguishes the jaunty title song. Three other sessions for Blue Note one with altoist Jackie McLean were also discarded and, after , Brooks would never record again. Thirteen years later, on August 13, , the saxophonist died from liver failure at the age of Brooks' star burned with intense brightness for a brief period before disappearing in the same tragic manner of too many other young bop players of the time.
Even many of the most dedicated jazz fans missed Brooks' recordings, the best of which were simply extraordinary. A soulful hard bop tenor-saxophonist with an original sound and fresh ideas of his own, Brooks had a brief life. True Blue is a jazz album by tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks recorded on June 25, , and released on the Blue Note label. In the hard-bop idiom, it was Brooks' only performance as leader to be released during his lifetime, and features performances by Brooks, Freddie Hubbard , Duke Jordan , Sam Jones and Art Taylor.
Scott Yanow of Allmusic states "the hard bop solos are consistently excellent" on True Blue. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Tina Brooks. Years given are for the recording s , not first release. This Toshiba is not like any other I own around fifty, if you want to know.
It is the only one to claim contemporary remastering by Van Gelder personally. I assumed, wrongly, that must be a good thing. Music with a trout-pout.
I have had the Toshiba for several years and every time I took it out and played it, it was dead, wooden, lacking the sparkle I had grown to expect from the best Blue Note from Japan. It weighs over gram — so what? I switched off, which is a great shame. The Mosaic re-awakened my taste buds. The recent tonearm cable upgrade finished the job. This is music I can listen to over and over, it is magnificent. Who knew? They say 32 bit is the way to go. Analogue is infinitely resolvable: there is always more detail in the groove, if you can get it out.
Vinyl is apparently cool, making a comeback. Oh my god, like, cool. Just wondering how the Mosaic would compare to an earlier King pressing? Anyone able to offer an opinion or shed some light on the two? Mosaic sounds subdued and muffled in comparison. Wish I had the original to compare it to…. We all wish we had an original True Blue for comparison!
There is a reason… Mosaic are frustratingly variable in audio quality, it was all about knowledge and curating. I have nine Mosaic boxed sets, albeit CD, and they are all consistently excellent. So it must indeed be the vinyl engineering that occasionally went wrong. Deep breath I have fifty five LPs issued by King, many where I have another different issue, either original, or Toshiba, or other.
I know what I expect to hear, but even then, King span the range from excellent to weak. So you ask the most difficult of all questions, which reissue sounds best. But if I were to triangulate, I would expect the King to sound better than the horrid Toshiba digital transfer, but neither as good as the Mosaic, and none as good as an original.
I have the Mono gram classic records reissue. Shall i say it? Can The new Music Matters Clearly the gram outperforms the gram on the classic records. Sounds lovely to these ears. I gave a slight nod to the Mosaic LP. Both series were pressed on g. The Rare Groove series from the same time period is more miss than hit, unfortunately. BUT, it did provide a few excellent unreleased sessions as well.
There are, however, slivers of BN heaven in the better pressed Top Ten and Connoisseur series that are worth the usual paltry asking price.Tina Brooks: True Blue album review by Norman Weinstein, published on March 23, What True Blue gives generously is a full blooded musical portrait of a hard-working and distinctive sounding tenor man with a blue cry stuck in his throat and heart. It is an achievement to treasure. Tina Brooks CD/LP/Track Review Norman Weinstein.