Although Tommy Flanagan recorded often in trio format in the later years of his life, he didn't always do so at the start – which is how this 2CD set is able to contain all Flanagan's trio recordings of the pre-1978 years! First up is the best known material of this nature – the album Overseas, originally recorded by the Metronome
label in Stockholm, but is issued here in the US by Prestige – hence the Overseas title! Tommy Flanagan is in perfect form in this stellar session of trio recordings, playing with Elvin Jones on drums and Wilbur Little on bass, in a mode that's both lyrical and boppish. Titles include "Skal Brothers", "Verdandi", "Delarna", "Little Rock", "Eclypso", and "Beat's Up". Remaining tracks on the 2CD set are from a very wide variety of sources – the album Lonely Town, The Tommy Flanagan Trio album on Moodsville, and cuts from The Cats and Dial JJ albums that only feature a trio, plus a few other assorted dates from the early 60s. These other cuts combine to make the CD a 32-track extravaganza of Flanagan Trio material from the years 1957 through 1964 – with titles that include "So Sorry Pleae", "Love For Sale", "Tonight", "America", "It's Love", "Make Our Garden Grow", "Lucky To Be Me", and "Come Sunday".
(Out of print.)