With it's colour chart cover, this Blue Note album is every inch a classic. The leader, whose real name was Harold, (Tina being a corruption of his nickname, Teeny) possessed a strong tone, not unlike Booker Erwin. On this evidence, I would rate even higher than Hank Mobely. This was the ony Blue Note album issued under his name during his lifetime and he died in obscurity in 1972.
The line-up features a very young Freddue Hubbard, full of confidence and forming a magical partnership with the tenor man, one of the best front lines that I have heard on this label. As a composer, Brooks had the gift of composing catchy tunes - not unlike labelmate Sonny Clark. The best two tracks are "Theme for Doris" and "Miss Hazel." Most of the material is in the typical Blue Note style, although Brooks favoured minor keys and there are frequently 8 bar sections with a latin rythmn. The only standard is the unknown "Nothing ever changes.." - this two being well arranged. Underneath it all, the band is underpinned by the wonderful drumming of Art Taylor, one of the neglected masters of his instrument and never less than excellent.
All in all, this is a fantastic CD , even by the standards of Blue Note and I would recommend this disc to all fans of 1960's hard bop. Absolutely fantstic.