Tommy Flanagan

  • CAT # OJCCD-1033-2

    1. Relaxin' At Camarillo
    2. Chelsea Bridge
    3. Eclypso
    4. Beat's Up
    5. Skal Brothers
    6. Little Rock
    7. Verdandi
    8. Delarna
    9. Willow Weep For Me
    10. Delarna
    11. Verdandi
    12. Willow Weep For Me

Pianist Tommy Flanagan was known as the “Jazz Poet,” an artist whose consummate lyricism and remarkably smooth swing feel have long captivated listeners. Happily, the complex, pliant lines, the rhythmic snap, and that great taste in tunes were already in place when the Detroit-born, Bud Powell informed Flanagan arrived in New York in the late Fifties; no wonder he soon played and/or recorded with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, and others. This choice album--Flanagan’s first--was made in Sweden while the pianist was touring with Johnson’s quintet, which included bassist Wilbur Little and drummer Elvin Jones. The appealing program boasts Billy Strayhorn’s lulling “Chelsea Bridge,” Charlie Parker’s lively “Relaxin’ at Camarillo,” the crafty original “Eclypso”--part calypso, part swing--a blues, and two numbers dedicated to Swedish climes.

with Tommy Flanagan, Wilbur Little, Elvin Jones

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