JIMMY  HEATH
      Time and the Place
           Recording Date:
              June 24, 1974

              Stanley Cowell    P
              Curtis Fuller      TB,Vo
              J.Heath   FL,AS,SS,TS
              Billy Higgins      D
              Sam Jones        B
              Pat Martino       G
              Mtume Conga,   P

Review by Scott Yanow
Although this 1994 CD looks like a reissue, the music was actually released for the first time 20 years after it was recorded. Jimmy Heath, who is heard here on tenor, alto, soprano and flute, played at his prime throughout the 1970's although he tended to be somewhat overlooked in popularity polls. Heath was stretching himself during the era as can be heard on these obscure pieces; five of his originals plus Kenny Dorham's "No End." Although essentially bop-based, Heath was open to the influences of the avant-garde and fusion and, with a flexible group also including trombonist Curtis Fuller, guitarist Pat Martino, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Billy Higgins and percussionist Mtume, Jimmy Heath consistently takes adventurous yet logical solos. Worth checking out.

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