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Sea Changes

Tommy FlanaganAudio CD
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Known for his flawless and tasteful playing, Tommy Flanagan received long overdue recognition for his talents in the 1980s. He played clarinet when he was six and switched to piano five years later. Flanagan was an important part of the fertile Detroit jazz scene (other than 1951-1953 when he was in the Army) until he moved to New York in 1956. He was used for many recordings after his arrival ... Read more in Amazon's Tommy Flanagan Store

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014NX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sea Changes
2. Verdandi
3. Delarna
4. Eclypso
5. How Deep Is The Ocean
6. C.C. Rider
7. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
8. Beat's Up
9. I Cover The Waterfront
10. Relaxin' At Camarillo
11. Dear Old Stockholm

Editorial Reviews

Detroit-born pianist Tommy Flanagan worked in many bebop groups in the '40s and '50s. An accompanist for Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald in the '60s, Flanagan also recorded with Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, and Dizzy Gillespie. Along with Ellis Larkins and Hank Jones, Flanagan is one of jazz's most elegantly expressive stylists. The track "Dear Old Stockholm" from this CD was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Flanagan is supported here by his usual collaborators, Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. --Stanley Booth

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Flanagan is GOD September 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This ranks in my top three jazz trio albums of the moment (my other two being "Bill Evans Trio; Sunday at the Village Vanguard" and "Alan Broadbent Trio; Personal Standards"). This album has some of the most crisp, concise trio playing I have ever heard. Tommy Flanagan is a superb melodist, which makes the album shine. All of the tunes on here are filled with lyrical playing that will stick in your head for a long long time (listen to the title track; you'll like it). Dear Old Stockholm is a solo piano arragement, and it is beautiful.
Every track on this album is worth your time. If you are looking for very cool, melodic jazz then look no further.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece,of course,like every Flanagan's records!!! October 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sadly,here is one of the last record by the immense Tommy Flanagan (1930-2001).One of the best ones ? Difficult to say yes,because he committed some fifteen or twenty albums of the same level;maybe not as great as "Sunset and the mockingbird" (one of the most amazing piano records of all times),but...
This exceptionnal album was recorded in New York City,March 11 and 12,1996,with two outstanding musicians: bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash.Both used to play with Tommy for many years.This CD includes many compositions by Tommy:"Sea changes",the very boppish "Verdandi"(it surely could have been written by Bud Powell),"Darlana","Eclypso","Beat's up";some great standards,Irving Berlin's "How deep is the ocean",Harold Arlen's "Between the devil and the deep blue sea",and Johnny Green's "I cover the waterfront";a Bird's song,"Relaxin' at Camarillo";an old blues,and a magnificent one,by Ma Rainey,"See see rider",and a traditionnal,the haunting "Dear old Stockholm".And I think that this sublime version of "Dear old Stockholm",a magnificent tune so rarely played by jazz musicians (Miles Davis,John Coltrane and a few others) is the absolute masterpiece of this album.Tommy's interpretation of this tune makes me think of Tadd Dameron's writing;this is a compliment,as I consider Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) as one of the most important writers and arrangers in jazz,with Duke,Monk and Benny Carter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Flanagan August 22, 2004
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I don't think Tommy Flanagan ever played anything, either as a leader or a sideman, that wasn't worth hearing. From first note to last "Sea Changes" features the same impeccable muscianship we (and a myriad of his fellow musicians who were blessed to have him on their own sessions) came to expect from him......maybe to count on him is a more appropriate way to put it. What I didn't know about was his skill as a composer: five of the eleven tunes here are Flanagan originals. The uptempo "Verdandi" leads to some rollicking playing all around, while "Delarna" is a lovely ballad; the other three pieces are quite good too. Another highlight is Flanagan's bluesy piano on Ma Rainey's "C.C. Rider" and.....well let me finish by just saying that every cut has much to recommend it. Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash (great brush work!) offer able support throughout. Fine Flanagan as expected!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was fortunate enough to see this particular trio a couple of times. As the other reviews suggest, Mr. Flanagan's small group recordings and performances epitomize the piano trio at its best, and this CD is no exception.
The one thing I would add to the mix here is that Lewis Nash and Peter Washington are brilliant in their own right. Mr. Flanagan is of course a master musician, and he had this configuration going for several years. The interplay between all three musicians is indescribable. If this sounds like excessive praise, all I can see is that I saw these guys a couple of times and it was really something to experience. It's lucky that the recordings exist.
I once heard someone say that if we lived in an ideal world, Tommy Flanagan would be recording every day. So here's one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Flanagan August 29, 2006
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Wonderful CD for old timers. The music is soothing and very easy to listen. Piano bar style.
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