The sessions for Tina Brooks Blue Note debut "Minor Move" took place in 1958, but were not released until the early 80's when four of its five musicians had already died. A strange way to begin the liner notes that accompanied the LP, I know, but it's a fact. "Minor Move" recently received a beautiful rehaul as part of Blue Note's Tone Poet series and both the music and package are stunning, with a quartet featuring Sonny Clark, Doug Watkins, Art Blakey and Lee Morgan backing up Brooks.
One song in particular really knocked me out, a smokey take on "Everything Happens To Me," which will take you to a sad and lonely street from it's opening piano intro. It also reminded me of a version recorded by Frank Sinatra in the 80's that had remained unreleased until the massive Reprise "suitcase" of CDs was released in the 90's. Frank had recorded it a number of times before, but it was this version where he changed the lyrics to suit his current state. This version can also be found on a single disc compilation of the same name released in 1996, and it is highly recommended, as it plays almost like a concept album with a wonderfully curated set of ballads and torch songs, save one or two missteps.
Here are both versions of "Everything Happens To Me."