Tina Brooks: For Heaven's Sake


For Heaven's Sake


Tina Brooks (tenor sax)


Back to the Tracks (Blue Note 8033)

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Tina Brooks (tenor sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by Elise Bretton, Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, October 20, 1960


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Fans of Tina Brooks will surely find this beautiful ballad painful to listen to knowing that, after just a decade of professional work, his recording career would effectively end a few months after this session. But addiction will be addiction, and who are we to judge, except to selfishly yearn for more recordings from jazz masters who could have provided us with so much more. Brooks's sensitive reading of "For Heaven's Sake" is lyrical and expressive, as he takes his time to convey an improvisational story. Blue Mitchell contributes his consistently faultless brand of soloing next, opting for more notes but keeping Tina's sentiments in mind. Luckily, after a near 20-year "shelved-life," this late Brooks date is today readily available.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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