182

Bill Heid: Da Girl: The B3 Artistry of Bill Heid

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Bill Heid: Da Girl: The B3 Artistry of Bill Heid Da Girl is journeyman B3 jazz conceived and performed by one of the instrument's most stalwart components, Bill Heid. A fixture on the jazz/blues/soul scene for the past 30 years, Heid has had the opportunity to assimilate a myriad of styles and sounds. His two principal influences are Don Patterson and Larry Young. While also influenced by the ubiquitous Jimmy Smith, Heid largely avoids caricature and hero worship. Neither Mr. Heid's sound nor his approach can be considered retro. He plays a solid brand of 21st century hard bop that is guaranteed to please even the most jaundiced traditionalist.

Da Girl is comprised of eight original Heid compositions that trace their way across several different subgenera. Saxophonist Scott Petersen and Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli heavily support Heid, resulting in a very modern organ jazz sound. To be sure, the band does employ tried and true formulas. The disc opener, "Soldiering On" possesses a typically complex hard bop head leading into angular solos by Petersen, Magnarelli, and Heid. Heid proves to be a master comper: never stepping on toes, but always rhythmically present. The title cut is a boogaloo recalling Lou Donaldson. The piece struts and sways through descending scales into a bluesy groove.

The blues! Yes, the blues are here and sound as fresh as that first cold beer on tap. "Peach Cobbler" is a soul jazz delight based on those same old chord changes that in Heid's hands sound brand new. "Sneaky Waltz" is a playful ballad in an inventive ï. "Blues for Margie" is a Sinatra-like ballad with an intriguing and compelling melody. Drummer Randy Gelespie heats things up on the boppish "Good Clean Fun." "Spirit of Newark" is the most Larry Young-Like of the compositions. "Eatin' and Boppin'" is the burner, starting as sprite soul jazz excursion before turning into a jazz blues clinic.

Bill Heid is very much a standard bearer for the old school B3 playing. He is a keeper of the flame not afraid to update the overall sound, but never at the expense of the Soul.

Track Listing: Soldiering On; Da Girl; Peach Cobbler; Sneaky Waltz; Blues For Margie; Good Clean Fun; Spirit Of Newark; Eatin? And Boppin?.

Personnel: Bill Heid?Hammond B3 Organ; Scott Petersen?Tenor Saxophone; Joe Magnarelli?Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Randy Gelespie?Drums; George Jones, George Heid?Percussion.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Savant Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "True Love Collection" CD/LP/Track Review True Love Collection
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Life and Other Transient Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Life and Other Transient Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 26, 2016
Read "Koan" CD/LP/Track Review Koan
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "Bright Side" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Side
by David A. Orthmann
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Conditions" CD/LP/Track Review Conditions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.