The Tokyo Recital

Tommy Flanagan

The Tokyo Recital
  • CAT # OJCCD-737-25

    1. All Day Long 5:12
    2. UMMG (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) 4:42
    3. Something To Live For 5:50
    4. Mainstem 4:44
    5. Daydream 2:38
    6. The Intimacy Of The Blues 3:58
    7. Caravan 4:00
    8. Chelsea Bridge 4:44
    9. Take The "A" Train 3:57

These recordings of Tommy Flanagan come from a period when he was Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist and his decision to break out as a soloist was three years in the offing. All of his solo skills were in place, however, and had been for more than two decades. In this 1975 session, he devoted himself to the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, with results of the kind that had established him as an insider’s favorite for more than two decades and would make him a consistent poll winner in the 1980s and ’90s.

with Keter Betts, Bobby Durham

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