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  • Tootie Heath (2008)

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    With older brothers like bassist Percy Heath and saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Albert Heath had no choice but to become a jazz musician. All three brothers and their sister were given nicknames by their grandfather, but "Tootie" is the only one that stuck. After an enforced period on trombone, Tootie took up the drums, and he's sat on that stool for over 50 years.

    While still in his native Philadelphia, Tootie played with all the locals, such as John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Reggie Workman, Lee Morgan and McCoy Tyner. While resident in Scandinavia, he played with expatriates Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Johnny Griffin, Ben Webster and Don Byas, and with European giants such as Tete Montoliu and Niels-Henning ěrsted Pedersen. And back home in the USA, he continues to play with everyone who is anyone.

    His latest project is The Whole Drum Truth (Jazz Legends in Historic Drum Performance), with true jazz drumming legends such as Billy Hart, Louis Hayes, Charlie Persip, Ben Riley, Ed Thigpen, Jackie Williams and Leroy Williams.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Abdullah Ibrahim Cape Town Revisited Sathima (Ekapa)
    # 2 Jimmy Heath The Thumper Nice People (OJC)
    # 3 Frank Sinatra with Count Basie At the Sands Get Me to the Church on Time (Reprise)
    # 4 Bobby Timmons In Person So Tired (OJC)
    # 5 The Modern Jazz Quartet This One's for Basie Reunion Blues (Pablo)
    # 6 Percy Heath A Love Song No More Weary Blues (Daddy Jazz)
    # 7 Ornette Coleman Ken Burns Jazz Ramblin' (Columbia Legacy)
    # 8 Kenny Dorham Kenny Dorham Quintet Darn That Dream (OJC)
             
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