|JAZZ 1959 Tributes to Sidemen|
TOMMY FLANAGAN の1959年 [29歳]
(Thomas Lee Flanagan / 1930-03-16 MI, USA / 2001-11-16 NY, USA, aged 71)
Tommy Flanagan, affectionately known as Tomifla and bearing the title of 'Master Album Contractor', is a standout figure among sidemen. From an early age, he was close to the Jones brothers, often collaborating with Elvin Jones due to their similar ages.
In 1959, still in his twenties, Tommy Flanagan recorded the leader album 'Lonely Town' and participated in significant sessions. One such session resulted in John Coltrane's masterpiece, 'Giant Steps (Atlantic 1311),' widely considered one of the finest modern jazz albums. Freshly signed with Atlantic, it was an exciting time for Coltrane to produce such an album.
This album (including the Bonus Tracks) comprises four sessions across four days, performed by three different groups. The title track's recording history is fascinating: an initial March 26th session with Cedar Walton on piano didn't meet expectations, resulting in the ultimate acceptance of the May 5 take with Tommy Flanagan. Given these recordings' impact on Coltrane's subsequent album 'Coltrane Jazz (Atlantic 1354),' the March 26th session may have served as a planned recording test. Regardless, it's impressive that Tommy Flanagan is featured in one of the jazz world's most famous albums.
Another noteworthy 1959 album for me is 'Blues-Ette (SAVOY ST-13006).' 'Five Spot After Dark,' where Curtis Fuller (tb) and Benny Golson (ts) create a stunning left-right channel interaction, is a masterful piece that resonates in the quiet of the night. Benny Golson's typical hard bop blues tune is bolstered by Tommy Flanagan's support on the piano. Remarkably, about two weeks after recording the classic 'Giant Steps,' he participated in another historic session, further cementing his status as a 'masterpiece contractor.'
Tommy Flanagan, who was twelve years older, shared a special friendship with Hank Jones, as evidenced by their numerous piano duo recordings. It's clear that both of these jazz treasures enjoyed worldwide popularity.
1978 'Our Delights' (USA)
1983 'I'M ALL SMILES' (Germany)
1993 'LIVE IN MARCIAC 1993' (France)
In response to Hank Jones forming 'The Great Jazz Trio (Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Tony Williams)' in 1977, Tommy Flanagan introduced 'The Super Jazz Trio' the following year. The trio consisted of Tommy Flanagan (p), Reggie Workman (b), and Joe Chambers (d).
As an interesting side note, Japanese people have a particular affinity for piano trio jazz. Many jazz group names in Japan don't use the leader's name, often adopting more whimsical titles like 'Somehow JAZZ Trio.'
Europian Jazz Trio (Marc van Roon, Frans van der Hoeven, Roy Dackus)
New York Jazz Trio (Bill Mays, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson)
LA Jazz Trio (Corey Allen, Kevin Axt, Dave Tull)
Roma Jazz Trio (Danielo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli, Roberto Gatto)
Roma Trio (Luca Mannutza, Gianluca Renzi, Nicola Angelucci)
Romantic Jazz Trio (John Di Martino,,)
Tropical Jazz Trio (Alain Jean-Marie, Patrice Caratini, Roger Raspail)
The Latin Jazz Trio (David Garfield, Dave Carpenter, Luis Conte)
Kora Jazz Trio (Djeli Moussa Diawara, Abdoulaye Diabate, Moussa Cissoko)
The Modern Jazz Trio (John Horler, Sam Burgess, Mike Smith)
The Super Trio (Massimo Farao, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb)
Super Trio (Kenny Barron, Jay Leonhart, Al Foster)
Super Trio (Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Steve Gadd) [JAPAN ONLY]
LEADER SESSIONS: 1
SIDEMAN SESSIONS: 11
CONTRIBUTED LEADERS: 10
JOHN COLTRANE KENNY DORHAM CURTIS FULLER BENNY GOLSON J. J. JOHNSON THAD JONES FRANK MINION JR. MONTEROSE MARY OSBORNE LEM WINCHESTER
[SLIDING EASY ]
[WINCHESTER SPECIAL ]
[MOTOR CITY SCENE ]
[GETTING' WITH IT ]
A mandala diagram in which the leaders surround the sideman who made a great contribution to the JAZZ sessions in 1959.
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