Heath Brothers

Brothers and Others

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The seventh and final Heath Brothers recording before their official breakup, which has been reissued on CD by Antilles, has a different personnel than their previous few. Jimmy Heath (doubling on tenor and soprano), bassist Percy Heath and keyboardist Stanley Cowell are joined by original member and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, plus guest trombonist Slide Hampton and violinist Joe Kennedy for two songs apiece. It is Jimmy Heath's distinctive and inventive writing, including four complex originals and all of the arrangements, that gives this enjoyable set its greatest interest, but actually, all of the Heath Brothers recordings (some of which will be difficult to find) are easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans.