Up Tight's Creek – Harold "Tina" Brooks
A complex uptempo bebop tune that goes a lot of places harmonically and melodically.
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- Recording: Tina Brooks - True Blue
- Recorded on: June 25, 1960
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4041)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard
- Tenor Sax - Tina Brooks
- Piano - Duke Jordan
- Bass - Sam Jones
- Drums - Art Taylor
Up Tight's Creek is an ideal choice for the ensemble or individual player looking to expand repertoire and knowledge of the great bop/hardbop genre. The melody is masterfully constructed to highlight key target notes within the chords. The rhythmic passages of the melody are perfect for illustrating bebop phrasing within a front line. The rhythm section parts have an important role in supporting the melody: the A sections are swung with melodic hits. The B section (bridge) of the melody changes the feel as the rhythm section lays down a steady Latin groove. The head may be challenging for brass players, but it's well worth working on.
Harold "Tina" Brooks
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...