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Bill Heid: Dark Secrets

Pete Fallico’s Dark Secrets liner notes trace Bill Heid’s keyboard roots to funk and blues pianists and to organists Larry Young and Don Patterson. Besides two previous albums as a leader on Savant, Heid has recorded with Detroit bluesman Johnnie Bassett. This album, with quartet, quintet and sextet tracks, incorporates hard-bop and soul-jazz elements from the ’60s.

Heid’s organ work suggests Young more than the earthy, riffing Jimmy Smith style; the opening “Little Langley” being a case in point. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Scott “E-Dog” Peterson and trumpeter Joe Magnarelli contribute a Blue Note horn sound to the performances, with Randy Gelespie on drums and, on certain tracks, George Jones on congas and/or George Heid on percussion.

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