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Jimmy Heath Big Band : Turn Up the Heath

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Big-band albums by Jimmy Heath are rare. In his 60-year career there have been only a few. This album, recorded at sessions in 2004 and 2006, is his masterpiece as an arranger. You can hear the influence of his bebop roots-he played in Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1949 and ’50-and his allegiance to clear-cut ensemble writing.

“Big P” and “Gemini” may be familiar from recordings by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet or Sextet-and “Project S” from a recording by Herbie Mann. But to hear them by a big band is to hear them in the composer’s full regalia of harmony and ensemble colors.

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