The Record Collection

Tina Brooks: Back to the Tracks (1960)

Blue Note 21737 (1998)

Track list:

01 – Back To The Tracks
02 – Street Singer
03 – The Blues and I
04 – For Heaven’s Sake
05 – The Ruby and The Pearl


Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Jackie McLean – alto sax (#2)
Tina Brooks – tenor sax
Kenny Drew – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; September 1 (#2), and October 20 (all others), 1960.

Producer: Alfred Lion
Recording engineer: Rudy van Gelder

Cover photography: Francis Wolff
Cover design: Reid Miles

Originally scheduled to be issued as Blue Note BST-84052, but first issued on Mosaic 106

Re-issue producer: Micahel Cuscuna
Back to the Tracks is an album by hard-bop tenor Tina Brooks recorded in 1960 and released posthumously.

The tracks first appeared on a Mosaic 12″ LP (MR4-106) entitled The Complete Blue Note Recordings of The Tina Brooks Quintets.

The album was originally intended as BLP 4052, but, for some reason, it was shelved at the time.

Only on January 27, 1998, Rudy Van Gelder decided to release the session in its entirety on a remastered Blue Note CD (purple cover, Blue Note 21737), then reissued in 2006 (green cover, BST 84052).

Both editions are now out-of-print.

A song recorded during the session, “David the King”, was rejected since it “never made it to releasable quality”.

Said piece, however, made it to Brooks’ final recording for Blue Note, The Waiting Game.