Tommy Flanagan (1930-2001), was considered by many to be the greatest accompanist in jazz, a somewhat unfair title. Don't get me wrong, accompanying a solo artist in jazz, be it a singer like Ella Fitzgerald or a tenor giant like John Coltrane (he excelled in both) is an art form unto itself, but Tommy Flanagan was so much more than that; it is only fair to say that he was a complete musician or a musician's musician if you will.
In this video he is caught appearing at the 1999 Jazz Baltica Festival, held in the Salzau Palace near Kiel in Northern Germany just 2 years before his death. He is superbly accompanied by Lewis Nash on drums and Peter Washington on bass. Guest appearances by Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Johnny Griffin on tenor sax only add to the enjoyment of this great set.
1. Thad Rack (Thad Jones) 00:00
2. Beyond the Bluebird (Flanagan) 06:31
3. Liza (Gershwin) 13:38
4. Sunset and the Mockingbird (Ellington) 20:22
5. The Balanced Scales - The Cup Bearers medley (Tom McIntosh) 27:07
6. Solar ft Bobby Hutcherson (Miles Davis) 39:45
7. If I Should Lose You ft Johnny Griffin (Ralph Rainger) 53:10