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A Listener’s Guide to the Work of “Tootie” Heath

Ethan Iverson & Ben Street choose 10 swinging albums

Little Girl Blue (Bethlehem, 1958)

Tootie Heath took the influence of Kenny Clarke and spread it to other kinds of black music besides straight-ahead jazz. His brushwork here shows remarkable depth for a 22-year-old, and his naturally undulating pulse helped some of these tracks become Simone’s biggest hits.

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