Thomas Lee Flanagan ( Detroit (Michigan) , March 16th 1930 - New York City , November 16 2001 ) was an American jazz pianist. He is best known for his long association with jazz singerElla Fitzgerald . He also played on some legendary records like John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Saxophone Colussus of Sonny Rollins .
The Tommy Flanagan Trio consisted of self Flanagan, bassist Wilbur Little and legendary drummer Elvin Jones . In 1957 their first album was released: Tommy Flanagan Trio Overseas . Later Flanagan Trio Ella Fitzgerald often accompanied by her performances. They also went into the studio together. From 1975, Flanagan was mainly out albums as leader. He formed a new trio with Tal Farlow and Red Mitchell .
Although Flanagan has never become so well known and was not known as an innovator, he is still seen as a major pianist who has influenced many others. His style is often described as very musical and contained all the ingredients of jazz: swing, blues, harmonic sophistication.
As a coach:
- Collectors Items ( Miles Davis ) (1956)
- Saxophone Colussus (Sonny Rollins) (1956)
- The Cats (with John Coltrane and Kenny Burrell ) (1957)
- Giant Steps ( John Coltrane ) (1959)
- Nighthawk ( Coleman Hawkins ) (1960)
As a leader:
- Overseas (1957)
- Confirmation (1977)
- Speak Low (1981)
- Sunset and The Mocking Bird (1997)