Waiting Game – Harold "Tina" Brooks
A melodic uptempo tune with tricky changes; almost a blues with a bridge, but not quite.
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- Recording: Tina Brooks - The Waiting Game
- Recorded on: March 2, 1961
- Label: Blue Note (TOCJ 66075)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Johnny Coles
- Tenor Sax - Tina Brooks
- Piano - Kenny Drew
- Bass - Wilbur Ware
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
On The Waiting Game, pianist Kenny Drew smoothly navigates through Tina's chord progression. Notice how on the bridge, when there are two measures of a dominant chord, he uses a sus chord to vary the sound across the two measures. Also, with careful orchestration, he is able to use the 4th as well as the 3rd on the dominant chord. At the end of this chorus, you'll notice a smooth use of upper structure triads.
The à la series (in the style of) provides a sample chorus of voicings drawn from the song's original recording, but notated as footballs: simple whole notes and half notes, or the basic harmonic rhythm of the chord progression of the solo section. They are also annotated, showing the original chord symbol above the voicing, as well as any extensions below the voicing. The idea is that these voicings could be of varied uses to any level of pianist—a beginner pianist could play the music exactly as on the page and provide a supportive and harmonically hip sounding accompaniment to a soloist, while a more advanced pianist could use these same voicings with varied rhythms in the style of the recording. Ultimately, a pianist would be able to absorb how these voicings were derived from the chord symbols, and then be able to create their own.
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...