The Heath Brothers As We Were Saying
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- Released: September 1, 1997
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Concord Records
Entertainment Weekly - 9/5/97, p.77"...Jimmy garners most of the attention through his lucid work on tenor and soprano, but the fraternal rhythm team deserves props for their Cadillac-smooth drive, not to mention the choice guests who enliven this joyous get-together." - Rating: B+
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The Heath Brothers: Jimmy Heath (soprano & tenor saxophones); Percy Heath (cello, acoustic bass); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums, percussion);
Additional personnel: Jon Faddis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Slide Hampton (trombone); Stanley Cowell (piano, kalimba); Sir Roland Hanna (piano); Mark Elf (guitar); James Mtume (percussion).
Recorded in New York, New York on February 23 & 24, 1997. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.
Personnel: Mark Elf (guitar); Percy Heath (cello, acoustic bass); Jimmy Heath (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jon Faddis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Stanley Cowell (piano, kalimba); Roland Hanna (piano); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums, percussion); James Mtume (percussion).
Recording information: New York, NY (02/23/1997-02/24/1997).
Photographers: Teri Bloom; Janet Sommer.
Unknown Contributor Role: Phil Edwards .
During the Modern Jazz Quartet's temporary retirement from 1975-83, bassist Percy Heath teamed up with tenor and soprano great Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath (who left after a few years) to form the Heath Brothers. There had been occasional reunions since then, but this is the first record done under the Heath Brothers name in over a decade, and it finds the musical communication between the three siblings as strong as ever. Joined by either Stanley Cowell or Sir Roland Hanna on piano and such guests as guitarist Mark Elf, trombonist Slide Hampton, trumpeter Jon Faddis (brilliant during his three appearances) and percussionist James Mtume (Jimmy's son), the Heaths perform a varied yet continually colorful set. The music is largely bop-oriented and includes six likable originals, "I'm Glad There Is You," "Daydream," and Fats Navarro's "Nostalgia." Although Percy has some solo spots, as do the guests, the main voice throughout is Jimmy Heath, who has long had his own distinctive sounds on tenor and soprano. Without exaggeration, it can be accurately stated that all nine performances on this CD are memorable in their own way. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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