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Tommy Flanagan: Tommy Flanagan Plays the Music of Harold Arlen

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Personnel: Tommy Flanagan (piano); Helen Merrill (vocals); George Mraz (bass); Connie Kay (drums).

Recorded at SNS Productions, New York, New York on September 30 & October 2, 1978. Originally released on Inner City. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.

Digitally remastered using HDCD technology by J. Newland (Pacific Microsonics, Berkeley, California).

This is part of Gitanes' Helen Merrill Presents series.

Tributee: Harold Arlen.

Originally released by the Japanese Trio label and reissued on a DIW CD in that country, this Tommy Flanagan session has only appeared in the U.S. thus far on an Inner City LP. The very consistent pianist performs nine Harold Arlen tunes with bassist George Mraz and drummer Connie Kay. Highlights include "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Sleepin' Bee," "One for My Baby" and "My Shining Hour." Producer Helen Merrill takes a sensitive vocal on "Last Night When We Were Young." Excellent music, but this one will be difficult to locate. ~ Scott Yanow


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