Bill Heid

Da Girl

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Organist Bill Heid has been around since the 1970s, but, although the sound he gets on his instrument hints at Jimmy Smith, he manages to largely escape that potentially dominant influence by coming up with fresh ideas, even when he plays a blues. His music swings, but sounds fairly individual. Heid is strongly assisted by the solo work of tenor saxophonist Scott Peterson and trumpeter Randy Magnarelli, with drummer Randy Gelespie and occasionally one of two percussionists giving stimulating support. Overall, this is a romping and spirited soul-jazz date from an organist who deserves to be much better known.

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