Tina Brooks : Back to the Tracks

Tina Brooks : Back to the Tracks


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

recorded in 1960

Blue Note 4052

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Back To The Tracks
2 - Street Singer
3 - The Blues And I
4 - For Heavens Sake
5 - The Ruby And The Pearl

Recorded September 1 and October 20, 1960 at Rudy Van Gelber Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Harold "Tina" Brooks could have been a tenor sax contender for legendary status and certainly had the ability, the sound and the creative imagination. A colorful player (and exceptional composer) whose hard bop solos were soulful, inventive and stimulating, Brooks had the misfortune of having three of his four Blue Note albums as a leader lay unissued until he had passed away. As difficult as it is to believe after listening, Back To The Tracks was one of these unreleased sets. In truth, there was no logical reason why this very rare 1960 session was bypassed for it features Brooks coming up with one brilliant solo after another throughout a consistently superb set. More than holding his own with a stellar cast including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, altoist Jackie McLean and a superb rhythm section on a mixture of originals and standards, "Tina" constantly takes solo honors. Brooks plays his heart out during these rare recordings that really define where jazz was in 1960. Back To The Tracks is a timeless hard bop gem rescued from the vaults that should not to be missed!

Back to the Tracks was one of jazz’s best-kept secrets for decades. Recorded in September of 1960, this hard bop set was listed in Blue Note’s catalog, yet it never saw the light of day. It was not until some time after Tina Brooks’s passing that Back to the Tracks was finally issued to widespread acclaim. Five tunes, three of which are Brooks originals, are brought fantastically to life by a killer lineup. Don’t miss your chance to hear Brooks’s graceful tenor sax mastery on this gem from the early ’60s.

Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.