Tommy Flanagan

You're Me

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You're Me Review

by Ken Dryden

Any musician was fortunate to have either Tommy Flanagan or Red Mitchell as part of his or her rhythm section, but both of these individuals have made many fine small group recordings. This is a 1980 duo session featuring just the two of them, supporting each other with intricate lines like old friends who've played together for decades, both men are in excellent form thought the date. Flanagan's imaginative approaches to "Darn That Dream" and "All the Things Your Are" demonstrate why he was popular with singers like Ella Fitagerald. A strident take of "What Am I Here For" is powered by Mitchell's booming bass and Flanagan's percussive attack. Miles Davis' "Milestones" (the song recorded with Charlie Parker and not the later unrelated song recorded for Columbia) is full of twists and turns that the two masters handle with ease. Mitchell contributed the swinging title track and the pretty ballad "When I Have You." This duo CD is very highly recommended.

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