Minor Move – Harold "Tina" Brooks
A catchy medium-up song that alternates between minor and major tonalities. It comes from Tina Brooks' long-unissued first album as a leader.
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- Recording: Tina Brooks - Minor Move
- Recorded on: March 16, 1958
- Label: Blue Note (22671)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin/swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Tina Brooks
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Doug Watkins
- Drums - Art Blakey
About the arrangement: A countermelody runs through the A section which descends mostly in half steps. It starts on A, the major 7th of B♭, but when it gets to the C♯ minor chord it starts on the tonic C♯. The tenor sax plays this countermelody, but joins the trumpet in unison for the pickup and second measure. The horns are also mostly harmonized on the bridge, but in unison for the ninth through twelfth measures. Notable piano comping rhythms are included in our Concert Condensed Score, which is also the rhythm section part.
For trumpet players, this is a good one for resting your chops (the highest note is only a B in the staff) and also for getting the lower part of the instrument together.
This is the second of only two albums where Lee Morgan and Doug Watkins appear alongside Sonny Clark; the other is Morgan's "Candy" recorded in November 1957 and February '58. Brooks and Art Blakey played together on two Jimmy Smith albums and two Kenny Burrell albums.
For a Jackie McLean recording session in September 1960, Tina wrote Medina, a song closely related to Minor Move.
June 7, 1932 – August 15, 1973
Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks and his twin brother Harry were born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, becoming the youngest of eight children. The family moved to NYC in 1944. By then, Harold was already being called Tina (pronounced Teena), a grade school nickname that came from his tiny or teensy size. Around this time, he started playing the C Melody saxophone, studying with his 10 year older brother David "Bubba" Brooks, Jr. Bubba had become an established R&B tenor saxophonist, and in late 1950, Tina subbed for Bubba for a few months in pianist Sonny Thompson's R&B band. Tina made his first recording with this band. Read more...