Wikipedia : This day (November 16, 2001), in New York City, died Tommy Flanagan, an American jazz pianist, particularly remembered for his work with Ella Fitzgerald
@hardbop : His tasteful skills as an accompanist have sometimes overshadowed his graceful but authoritative solo style. A master of bop, a poetic interpreter of popular tines, and an eloquent spokesman for the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Flanagan was one of the jazz world’s most sought-after pianists.
@allmusic : Despite a heart condition, Flanagan continued performing until the end of his life, performing two-week stints at the Village Vanguard twice a year, recording and touring.
@last.fm : This confirmed Flanagan’s reputation for playing with versatility, and with a sensitive approach for the standards and ballads. From the mid 1960s to the late 1970s Flanagan was Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist, before beginning a productive period in the 1980s and ’90s where he led many trio and quartet projects.
Audio : Angel Eyes . Eclypso . It Don’t Mean a Thing . Out Of The Past . How High The Moon . Misterioso . Milestones . Minor Mishap . New Song (Studio) . Relaxin’ At Camarillo .
Video : Beyond The Bluebird . w/ Benny Carter – Just Friends (1995) . Raincheck (1991) . w/ Billy Taylor – The Study Of Bird . With Malice Towards None (1981) . Blue Bossa . w/ Tal Farlow – Flamingo . w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Misty .