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Stream: "Togetherness" by The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Live At The Blue Note
Stream: "Togetherness" by The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Live At The Blue Note

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"TOGETHERNESS. What Jimmy Heath said about his latest album—his third big band album and first live big band set—can be applied to jazz itself, one of these most inclusive of the Arts. A big band can be one of the finest examples of a jazz as an art form, a framework that achieves a balance of precision, unity, focus, and personal expression.



Jimmy Heath is of a jazz dynasty, the House of Heath, if you will: Jimmy; brother bassist Percy, and brother drummer Albert, a.k.a. “Tootie.” Saxophonist (tenor and soprano, also flute), composer, arranger, and bandleader Heath’s 2010 memoir is entitled I Walked with Giants, and that title/claim is hyperbole-free. Before becoming established as a force in his own right, Heath’s career was intertwined with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Milt Jackson. Not becoming as “famous” as these iconic figures is, according to Heath, beside the point. “You become an icon when you’re dead,” opines Heath. “I always say I’d rather be an acorn, and be alive.” As most of us recall from science classes, the mightiest and most enduring of trees began with an acorn, and Mr. Heath is one of America’s greatest living examples of that." - jazzlegacyproductions.com

JIMMY HEATH tenor & soprano saxophones
ANTONIO HART alto saxophone & flute
MARk GROSS alto saxophone & flute
CHARLES DAVIS tenor saxophone
BOBBY LAVELL tenor saxophone & flute
FRANk BASILE baritone saxophone
ROY HARGROvE trumpet
FRANk GREENE trumpet
GREG GISBERT trumpet
DIEGO URCOLA trumpet
MICHAEL MOSSMAN trumpet
STEvE DAvIS trombone
JASON JACkSON trombone
JOHN MOSCA trombone
JEFF NELSON bass trombone
JEB PATTON piano
PETER WASHINGTON bass
LEWIS NASH drums

Produced by: John Lee
Executive Producer: Lisa Broderick

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