Bill Heid

Dark Secrets

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Bill Heid is a fine organist whose style has touches of Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, and Larry Young. Although all nine selections on Dark Secrets are his originals, the music is very much in the mid-'60s tradition, with a couple blues ("Boppin' and Eatin'" is particularly enjoyable), bits of groove pieces, and some more adventurous explorations. Tenor saxophonist Scott Peterson also gets in some good solos, trumpeter Joe Margarelli is an asset, and drummer Randy Gelispie (sometimes joined by one of two percussionists) keeps the music moving. Easily recommended to fans of soul-jazz and organ-based hard bop.

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