Sunday, June 20, 2010


Jazz hard bop drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, was born on May 31, 1935, the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and double-bassist Percy Heath.
He first recorded in 1957 with John Coltrane. From 1958 to 1974 he worked with, among others, J/.J. JOhnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer and Benny Golson's's Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, JOhnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock and Yusef Lateef.

In 1975, he, Jimmy and Percy formed the Heath Brothers. He remained with the group until 1978, then left to freelance. He has recorded extensively throughout his career.
Among his many workshop and classroom teaching assignments, Tootie Heath is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Tootie Heath is now the producer and leader of The Whole Drum Truth, a jazz drum ensemble featuring Ben Riley, Ed Thigpen, Jackie Williams, Billy Hart, Charlie Persip, Leroy Williams and Louis Hayes.
The Heath Brothers.

Recommended CDs ( as leader)

1969: Kawaida - with Ed Blackwell, Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams
1974: Kwanza (The First) (Muse Records) - with Percy Heath,Jimmy Heath, Kenny Baron, Ted Dunbar, Curtis Fuller

As sideman

With John Coltrane

Coltrane (1957)
Lush Life (1960)
With Nina Simone

Little Girl Blue (1958)

Nina Simone and Her Friends (1959)
With The Young Lions
The Young Lions (1960) Vee Jay Records
With Wes Montgomery

The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)
With George Rusell

George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall (1965)
With Herbie Hancock

The Prisoner (1969)

Reference - Wikipedia

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