RANDY BROOKS — THE FILM NOIR TRUMPETER & HARLEM NOCTURNE — 1945

RandyBrooks_HarlemNocturne_LabelHarlem Nocturne — I prefer this one over Georgie Auld’s rendition of that torch song, I posted recently.

Bitter-sweetly sounding altosaxist Eddie Caine is featured here. Not much heard of Randy’s sparkling trumpet.

Trumpeter Randy Brooks, one of the forgotten trumpet masters, who played similarly in style like Harry James, was nevertheless one of his kind.

He had chops, baaaad chops, and he could stride the whole trumpet register without losing control or sound: Tenderly proves this; that song was – beside “Harlem Nocturne” & “The Man With The Horn” - his greatest hit.

A great swinger he was not, alright, but a daring improvisor, and all round virtuoso.

He arrived on the scene as bandleader at the time when the era of the big bands was in its final throes. Randy burned to death in his own bed. — Bad, baaaad luck too!

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Randy Brooks in the 1960’s: Lost In Frustration

Read here, what Scott Yanow (allmusicguide) had to say about him, about the trumpeter who never really got the big chance: Randy Brooks

An available CD you’ll find here: The Issued Recordings Of Randy Brooks

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RandyBrooks_ANightAtTheDeuces_LabelP.S. — Click on the pictured label for the flip side of “Harlem Nocturne”, for a boppin’ Randy Brooks small band, conversing with the large ensemble, playing “A Night At The Deuces”.

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