The Heath Brothers
|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal Jazz|
|Tags:||jazz strata-east funk spiritual|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Jimmy Heath (James Edward Heath, 25 October 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; composer, arranger, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute), Percy Heath (b. 30 April 1923, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, d. 28 April 2005, Southampton, New York, USA; bass) and Al Tootie Heath (b. Albert Heath, 31 May 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; drums). The Heath brothers have all had distinguished and prolific careers individually. They worked together as an official Heath Brothers band in the late 50s and worked on the sessions for Jimmy Heaths Swamp Seed. The concept was revived after Jimmy and Percy appeared on Albert Heaths debut album in 1973. When the Modern Jazz Quartet, Percys regular band for 22 years, was disbanded in 1974 the idea seemed more practicable, and in 1975 the brothers re-formed with pianist Stanley Cowell. Albert left in 1978 because of a disagreement over musical direction with Jimmy and Percy, and...