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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0060A6AB2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Edward Abbott on February 12, 2012
One of the true unsung artist of his era. This is his second album as leader and is on the renown Blue Note Label. Trying to find this on vinyl is all but impossible. But thankfully Blue Note finally found the lost tapes and reissued this on vinyl sometime back.

Track Listing:

1 Good Old Soul
2 Up Tight's Creek
3 Theme For Doris
4 True Blue
5 Miss Hazel
6 Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You

The Sextet:

Tina Brooks - Tenor Sax
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet
Duke Jordan - Piano
Sam Jones - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums

Recorded 1960 on the Blue Note Label. This reissue carries catalog number 4041.

Review:

As with Minor Move and Back to the Tracks, Tina Brooks' True Blue is an album of hard bop excellence. Recorded in '60, it finds the tenor saxophonist accompanied by Freddie Hubbard on trumpet (a week after Brooks helped Hubbard on his debut album, Open Sesame), Duke Jordan on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The six original compositions by Brooks are well-crafted, though none are stellar. The group's cohesive sound, its consistent blues-induced jazz groove, and the numerous well-defined solos are the album's strengths.

You'd never know it from listening to his distinctive tone and melodic attitude, but Brooks never made it big. Though he recorded four albums for Blue Note, True Blue was the only one that was released during his lifetime. I'll health and drugs eventually took their toll and he passed away in '74 at 42 years of age.

There is a terrifically pensive blues cry in every Brooks solo on this release that is mesmerizing.
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