Overseas (album)

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RecordedAugust 15, 1957
ProducerBob Weinstock
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Overseas is an album by pianist Tommy Flanagan and his trio, recorded in 1957. It was Flanagan's debut album as a leader and was made in Sweden whilst touring with J. J. Johnson.

Recording and music[edit]

Pianist Tommy Flanagan was touring Europe as part of trombonist J. J. Johnson's band in 1957 when he was given the chance to lead a recording session for the first time.[1] Flanagan added bassist Wilbur Little and drummer Elvin Jones for the session in Stockholm on August 15, and this album was the result.[2][3] Most of the compositions were Flanagan originals.[4]

Releases and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[2]

Overseas was released by Prestige Records.[2] Very similar selections of tracks were also released as Tommy Flanagan Trio by Metronome and as Trio Overseas by Prestige.[3] All of the tracks from the session were later issued by DIW as The Complete Overseas.[5]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz complimented Flanagan's touch and "trim melodic ideas".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces by Tommy Flanagan unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Relaxin' at Camarillo" (Charlie Parker) – 3:21
  2. "Chelsea Bridge" (Billy Strayhorn) – 3:46
  3. "Eclypso" – 6:00
  4. "Beat's Up" – 4:22
  5. "Skål Brothers" – 2:33
  6. "Little Rock" – 7:08
  7. "Verdandi" – 2:15
  8. "Dalarna" – 4:44
  9. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) – 6:29

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Dalarna" [Take 2] – 4:36
  2. "Verdandi" [Take 2] – 2:11
  3. "Willow Weep for Me" [Take 1] – 6:17

August 15, 1957 at Metronome Studio, Stockholm



  1. ^ "Tommy Flanagan: Poet of Piano". npr.org. July 16, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 495. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ a b Fitzgerald, Michael (October 2, 2011). "Tommy Flanagan Leader Entry". jazzdiscography.com.
  4. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. "Tommy Flanagan / Tommy Flanagan Trio: Overseas". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. p. 454. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.