What would life be without its little surprises? Did bassist Percy Heath ever conceive the notion that he would get his first recording as leader 50 years into his career? Ah, the vagaries of fate! But this is a moment to savour and to enjoy. Heath got to choose the songs, and the band at hand has an uncanny understanding. The music is sublime; there is no over heated ardour at work, just a quiet fire which kindles the flame that enraptures.
Heath opens with the solo “A Love Song,” his bass an eloquent voice singing its song directly to the heart. His is a compact ministration without need of flourish. He takes a different adjunct with the next tune. “Watergate Blues” is a swinging delight pushed by bassist Peter Washington. There are many twists in the unfolding of “Century Rag.” Time indeed is ragged, but pianist Jeb Patton is not one to tread the predictable and his time signatures cavort delightfully as he shifts pace and thrust seamlessly. Add clusters of notes and probing lines and this one becomes one for indulgement.
Patton cuts another impressive swath on his composition “Hanna’s Mood.” He is a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character. “No More Weary Blues” is an apt title and a buoyant tune with the Heath brothers locked in, and a great rhythm from “Tootie.” The wait was worth the while!
Track Listing: A Love Song, Watergate Blues, Django, Century Rag, No More Weary Blues, Suite for Pop, Hanna's Mood
Personnel: Percy Heath--cello and bass; Jeb Patton--piano; Peter Washington--bass; Albert "Tootie" Heath-drums
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David. He encouraged me to become a songwriter and together as co-writers we have written material for two albums and an EP.
As The Brehms, we try to bring a beautiful ambience to any event, and we feel just as comfortable in situations where we are
background ambience, or pushing the energy in a large scale concert, and everything in between.