Tina Brooks – Minor Move {Blue Note}

Tina Brooks – Minor Move {Blue Note}

Hard Bop, Tenor Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tina Brooks’ first session for Blue Note was recorded in March of 1958, a month after he appeared on Jimmy Smith’s sessions for The Sermon and House Party, but the music wasn’t released at the time. The sessions remained unreleased for years, eventually appearing as Minor Move in Japan during the ’80s.

Listening to Minor Move, it’s hard to see why the record was shelved. Not only does it feature Brooks in robust form, but he’s supported by pianist Sonny Clark, trumpeter Lee Morgan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Blakey — a first-rate lineup if there ever was one. Stylistically, the music here is no great surprise — it’s straight-ahead, driving hard bop — but the performances are exceptional.

Brooks has no problem keeping up with Morgan and Clark, who both have more than their fair share of fine moments here. He has a rich, full-bodied tone and clever phrasing, keeping the music fresh on standards like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Everything Happens to Me.” His original compositions “Nutville” and “Minor Move” are equally impressive, offering the entire band opportunities to stretch out and improvise vigorously.

It is true that Minor Move is right within the hard bop tradition, but fans of that style will find much to treasure here.

01. Nutville (8:52)
02. The Way You Look Tonight (10:42)
03. Star Eyes (8:16)
04. Minor Move (6:41)
05. Everything Happens to Me (6:10)
06. Minor Move (alternate take) (6:54)

Tina Brooks – tenor saxophone
Lee Morgan – trumpet
Sonny Clark – piano
Doug Watkins – bass
Art Blakey – drums

Original session produced by Alfred Lion
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded March 16, 1958
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Transferred using 24-bit resolution
Mastered by Ron McMaster
Cover and liner photographs by Francis Wolff, Mosaic Images
Cover by Patrick Roques
Liner notes by Lawrence Kart and Michael Cuscuna
Tracks #1-5 originally issued in 1980 by King Records, Japan as Blue Note GXF 3072

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