Roy Brooks

Live at Town Hall

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Recorded in N.Y.C., drumist (as he liked to call himself) Roy Brooks is joined by fellow Detroiter Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, alto saxophonist (exclusively - no doubling) Sonny Fortune and Sonny Red (on tenor instead of his more familiar alto,) pianist Mickey Tucker, bassist Reggie Workman on loan from John Coltrane, and occasionally vocalist Eddie Jefferson. This is the initial version of what would become the most legendary of the bands Brooks led, dubbed The Artistic Truth. At a time when the percussionist was living in The Big Apple, this group was set apart from the leader's previous work with Horace Silver, and added a distinct edginess and urgency. There are three standards, Brooks's famous " The Prophet" and "Blues for the Carpenter's Saw." A recording to seek and find if you can, it highlights a time before Roy Brooks and Belgrave returned to Detroit -- to stay.

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