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 The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Under the Influence" CD/LP/Track Review Under the Influence
by Doug Collette
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Bring Their ‘A’ Game" CD/LP/Track Review Bring Their ‘A’ Game
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 17, 2016
Read "Garden" CD/LP/Track Review Garden
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "No White Shoes" CD/LP/Track Review No White Shoes
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 28, 2016
Read "Pale White Shout" CD/LP/Track Review Pale White Shout
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 10, 2016
Read "Revelation" CD/LP/Track Review Revelation
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!