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Little Man, Big Band
     

Little Man, Big Band

by Jimmy Heath
 
Bill Cosby produced Little Man Big Band to give journeyman composer and saxophonist Jimmy Heath a larger palette for his work. Most known for his work with small ensembles, especially the Heath Brothers with siblings Percy Heath on bass and Tootie Heath on drums, Jimmy Heath brings to life his compositions, including his greatest hits "CTA" and "Gingerbread Boy

Overview

Bill Cosby produced Little Man Big Band to give journeyman composer and saxophonist Jimmy Heath a larger palette for his work. Most known for his work with small ensembles, especially the Heath Brothers with siblings Percy Heath on bass and Tootie Heath on drums, Jimmy Heath brings to life his compositions, including his greatest hits "CTA" and "Gingerbread Boy," with blaring, upper register trumpets, punchy trombone countermelodies and swirling saxophone ensembles. He is an able practitioner of big band orchestration, concentrating largely on using the band to frame soloists, most prominently himself. The concerto-like pieces "The Voice of the Saxophone" and "Ellington's Stray Horn" are the most adventurous structurally. The band -- made up mostly of members of American Jazz Orchestra -- is stocked with ace sessionmen who execute the charts with aplomb. That's evident on the twisting melodic variations on the opener and "Gingerbread Boy." While Heath is the featured soloist, Roland Hanna gets a chance to show both as a soloist and as an accompanist why he was in a class with Basie and Ellington as a big band pianist. Guitarist Tony Purrone, a regular with the Heath Brothers, and most of the trumpet section provide complementary solo voices.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1992
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451395628
catalogNumber:
513956

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Heath   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Bill Easley   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Nash   Alto Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Loren Schoenberg   Tenor Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Lewis Nash   Drums
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Ben Brown   Bass
John Eckert   Trumpet
Roland Hanna   Piano
Jack Jeffers   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
John Mosca   Trombone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Tony Purrone   Guitar
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet
Bennie Powell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Heath   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eulis Cathey   Executive Producer
Stu Gardner   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
James Nichols   Engineer
Leslie Borrock   Art Direction
James P. Nichols   Engineer

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