Tina Brooks: Good Ole Soul


Good Ole Soul


Tina Brooks (tenor sax)


True Blue (Blue Note 4041)

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Tina Brooks (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Duke Jordan (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by Tina Brooks


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, June 25, 1960


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

A week after Tina Brooks played on Freddie Hubbard's debut recording as a leader, Open Sesame, Hubbard returned the favor and joined Brooks on the front line of True Blue. Even though Brooks led select sessions before and after this recording, True Blue marks the only Brooks date that was released during his tragically brief 10-year career. (Minor Move, Back to the Tracks, and The Waiting Game were all shelved and released posthumously.) This Messenger-esque hard-bop tune features the consistently gleaming Brooks improvisation complex yet gracefully executed soulful lines that seamlessly lead into one another to create a solo with a clear beginning, middle and end. Hubbard is also in fine form, preparing for his legendary recordings and stint with the Jazz Messengers that would soon follow.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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