Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Xanadu Master Edition Series - all newly remastered recordings from the out-of-print jazz label of the 70s and 80s. There will be 25 albums in total over next 18 months. Picture of Heath features the great bebop tenor man Jimmy Heath fronting a stellar quartet with Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Album features five Heath originals and a rendition of "Body and Soul."
Personnel: Jimmy Heath (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Billy Higgins (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Mark Gardner ; Zev Feldman.
Recording information: RCA Studios, New York, NY (09/22/1975).
Photographers: Don Schlitten; Morty Yoss.
As was true of most Xanadu dates, the accent is on bebop during this Jimmy Heath LP. Doubling on tenor and soprano, Heath is heard on five of his better originals, including "For Minor's Only," "CTA" and the title cut, plus "Body and Soul." The great tenorman was clearly inspired by the stellar rhythm section (pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins), resulting in one of his best blowing sessions. ~ Scott Yanow