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1. 13th House
2. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
3. Move to the Groove
4. Easy Living
5. Wind Print
6. I'm Lost
7. Harmonic Future, A
8. None Shall Wander
9. Three at Last
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4846
Jimmy Heath; John Burk
The Heath Brothers: Jimmy Heath (tenor & soprano saxophones); Percy Heath (acoustic bass, cello); Tootie Heath (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Joe Wilder, Earl Gardner, Tom Williams (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Clark (French horn); Benny Powell (trombone); Bob Stewart (tuba); Jeb Patton (piano); Tony Purone (guitar).
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York from May 29-31, 1998. Includes liner notes by Gene Seymour.
Personnel: Tony Purrone (guitar); Percy Heath (cello, acoustic bass); Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone); Joe Wilder, Earl Gardner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Williams (flugelhorn); John Clark (French horn); Benny Powell (trombone); Bob Stewart (tuba); Jeb Patton (piano); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Josiah Gluck.
Liner Note Author: Gene Seymour.
Recording information: Sound on Sound, New York, NY (05/29/1998-05/31/1998).
Photographer: Teri Bloom.
With Percy Heath technically in retirement on Long Island, Jimmy Heath freshly retired from Queens College, and Tootie Heath ready for action, the Heath Brothers had the time to quickly follow their first reunion album with another first-rate collection of bop-based small-combo jazz. On "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" and "Easy Living," a brass quartet is added, with Jimmy's elegant writing casting a thoughtful veil of subdued color over the combo. Guitarist Tony Purrone, a mainstay of the first Heath band, returns in fine form; Jeb Patton, a student of Jimmy's at Queens College, is the capable pianist; and three trumpet soloists (veteran Joe Wilder, Earl Gardner, and Tom Williams) take turns in that chair, although the liners offer incomplete information about who appears on which track. Percy again comes to the foreground repeatedly (in contrast with his supporting role in the MJQ); "Move to the Groove" is another of Percy's sly blues grooves, and he solos on "jazz cello" on "I'm Lost." Four of the nine tunes are by Jimmy, the most distinctive being the soulful "13th House" and "Three at Last"; the latter has just the three brothers communing in lighthearted, New Orleans-accented fashion. Another welcome release from these lively survivors of the jazz wars. ~ Richard S. Ginell
CMJ (12/21/98, p.33) - "...This joyful, crisp, straight-ahead album is a celebration of the brothers' enduring legacy..."
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