Sunday, July 11, 2010
Jimmy Heath & Lee Konitz
No, not together. Except in so far as I acquired two CD's last week. Jimmy Heath is a tenor sax player. His first album as leader was The Thumper, and it is thumpin' good bop. If you are in the mood for straight ahead jazz boogie, this would be it. Nat Adderley c, Curtis Fuller trb, Wynton Kelly p, Paul Chambers b, and Albert Heath d, play behind Jimmy. Here is a sample:
As for Konitz, I finally found Another Shade of Blue, with Brad Mehldau and Charlie Haden. It is a mostly live recording, and a companion to one of my favorite Konitz records Alone Together. If you haven't got the latter, by all means pony up. It is a superb horn, piano, bass trio recording. You don't want to live without their interpretation of Round Midnight. The live album doesn't quite match up, but if you have the one you will want the other. Konitz's sound is unique. It's dry, to be sure, but that just pulls the passion out of the listener. Here is a sample:
Well, there's some straight ahead jazz for you.