Jazz Family

Jazz Family

by Heath Brothers


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Jazz Family

With Percy Heath technically in retirement on Long Island, Jimmy Heath freshly retired from Queens College, and Tootie Heath ready for action, the Heath Brothers had the time to quickly follow their first reunion album with another first-rate collection of bop-based small-combo jazz. On "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" and "Easy Living," a brass quartet is added, with Jimmy's elegant writing casting a thoughtful veil of subdued color over the combo. Guitarist Tony Purrone, a mainstay of the first Heath band, returns in fine form; Jeb Patton, a student of Jimmy's at Queens College, is the capable pianist; and three trumpet soloists (veteran Joe Wilder, Earl Gardner, and Tom Williams) take turns in that chair, although the liners offer incomplete information about who appears on which track. Percy again comes to the foreground repeatedly (in contrast with his supporting role in the MJQ); "Move to the Groove" is another of Percy's sly blues grooves, and he solos on "jazz cello" on "I'm Lost." Four of the nine tunes are by Jimmy, the most distinctive being the soulful "13th House" and "Three at Last"; the latter has just the three brothers communing in lighthearted, New Orleans-accented fashion. Another welcome release from these lively survivors of the jazz wars.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431484622
catalogNumber: 4846

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heath Brothers   Primary Artist
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Stewart   Tuba
Joe Wilder   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tom Williams   Flugelhorn
John Clark   French Horn
Percy Heath   Cello,Acoustic Bass
Earl Gardner   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Percussion,Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Tony Purrone   Guitar
Jeb Patton   Piano

Technical Credits

Heath Brothers   Composer
Jimmy Heath   Producer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Percy Heath   Paintings
John Burk   Producer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Gene Seymour   Liner Notes

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