Following on from our debut Jazz LP release; Mobleys Message ERC023 we are delighted to announce our second release in the series; “Tommy Flanagan Trio – Overseas.”
Tommy Flanagan was born in 1930 in Detroit, USA. His first instrument was the clarinet. By the age of 10 he had turned his attentions to the piano where he was tutored in the music of Bach & Chopin. His musical interests were soon focused into the world of jazz, listening to the innovators of modern jazz piano such as Bud Powell, Art Tatum & Fats Waller. He developed an innovative and sophisticated style of playing and went on to perform on some of the most historically important jazz recordings of all time including Sonny Rollins’ ‘Saxophone Colossus’ and John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’.
This album , his debut solo as leader was a studio session recorded in Stockholm, Sweden whilst on tour in Europe during 1957. Originally released on the Prestige label in 1958 (PRLP 7134), first editions are now both incredibly scarce and extremely valuable. The nuanced artistry of drummer Elvin Jones is showcased on this album to the full, along with the excellent Wilbur Little on bass . The result is a jaw dropping, inspirational and engaging session of incredible synergy between the three players.
The cover of this particular title is a piece of art in its own right… simply stunning. We recreated the American ‘Frame’ style jacket using vintage letterpress techniques and have produced a video showing the hand-made construction process. The original typeface used on the back of the jacket was unavailable in Europe. We therefore went to great lengths to source the original typeset which we finally located and shipped over from Canada. Photographs of the setting prior to printing accompany this text.
The pre-release price of this edition will be £300* and is available to order now directly from our website.
* Post release price may vary subject to availability.
Original master tape.
Memo addressed to Rudy Van Gelder included in the tape.
Typeset label ready to print.
Front plate 1.
Type for the back of the sleeve.
Front plate 2.
Plate for the front of the sleeve and type for the back ready to print
The printed sleeve on the press.