Jimmy Heath: Love LetterBy
Heath performed on more than a hundred albums during his career and worked with practically every jazz giant of his generation (and more than a few from succeeding generations). These included Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Kenny Clarke, J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. And that was just between 1947 and 1951. There were six more decades to go.
On Love Letter, Heath plays tenor on seven tracks and soprano on one. He is accompanied by a multi- generational lineup comprising pianist Kenny Barron, guitarist Russell Malone, vibraphonist Monte Croft, bassist David Wong and drummer Lewis Nash. Gregory Porter and Cecile McLorin Salvant add vocals to Gordon Parks' "Don't Misunderstand" and Mal Waldron's "Left Alone" respectively. Wynton Marsalis is featured on Kenny Dorham's "La Mesha."
Heath was a gifted composer and three of his pieces are included on Love Letter: "Fashion Or Passion," from a 2004 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Commission, "Inside Your Heart," from a 2010 project with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and "Ballad From Upper Neighbor's Suite," from 1995.
As an album, Love Letter ranks among Heath's best. As a swansong, it is unbeatable.
Ballad From Upper Neighbor’s Suite; Left Alone; Inside Your Heart; Fashion Or Passion; Con Alma; Don’t Misunderstand; La Mesha; Don’t Explain.
Jimmy Heath: saxophone, tenor; Kenny Barron: piano; Russell Malone: guitar, electric; Monte Croft: vibraphone; David Wong: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.
Gregory Porter: vocals (6); Cécile McLorin Salvant: vocals (8); Wynton Marsalis: trumpet (8).
Title: Love Letter | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Verve Music Group
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