Tina Brooks Back To The Tracks on XRCD
Mastered to XRCD by Engineer Alan Yoshida and Producer Joe Harley from Rudy Van Gelder's Original Blue Note 2-Track Analog Tapes
Highest Quality Analog to Digital Transfers from Tape to CD Available!
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 that should not be missed!
Rudy Van Gelder's original Blue Note 2-track analog tapes were meticulously mastered to XRCD by engineer Alan Yoshida and producer Joe Harley. Each XRCD comes with deluxe hard-bound book style packaging with original liner notes and high resolution black & white session photos by Francis Wolff. These are the highest quality analog to digital transfers from tape to CD available. Compatible with all CD players.
Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone)
Blue Mitchell (trumpet)
Jackie McLean (alto saxophone)
Kenny Drew (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
Tina Brooks Back To The Tracks:
1. Back to the Tracks
2. Street Singer
3. The Blues and I
4. For Heavens Sake
5. The Ruby and the Pearl