Artists (Street Singer):
Tina Brooks (ts) Jackie McLean (as) Blue Mitchell (t) Kenny Drew (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Sepember 1st, 1960
According to an online seller the Mosaic box set “The complete Blue Note Tina Brooks Quintet Sessions” was a limited run of only 5,000 copies, and this is one of them. A good starting point to test the proposition that “you can’t have enough Tina Brooks” put forward recently by a poster on this site.
Drawn from sessions recorded between 1958 and 1961 with Tina as leader – he appears on other sessions of course – it amounts to a good evening’s listening. Several of the tracks here were Japan-only releases, including the one track sampled here, “Street Singer”, the gem from a recording date with Jackie McLean that made up a full album for Japanese release, self-titled.
I have some of these on CD, a Toshiba reissue of “True Blue” (pass the hat around for an original Blue Note pressing!), a King Japan only press of Minor Move, but others are new to me. Having lost out on a whole run of ebay bids, which honestly must have saved me a fortune, I thought why not treat yourself to the box set, and enjoy the exacting hi-fi quality pressing of Michael Cuscuna’s Mosaic venture, remastered from the original tapes, on vinyl in near mint condition.
Settle into the sofa sweet spot, turn up the volume and down the lights, bottle of refreshment to hand, and remember, this is a test…(skip to end for the result)…
After listening to all four records, I can conclusively say the answer is…
Yes. You cannot have enough Tina Brooks.
There, it is now a proven fact. You can tell all your friends.