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I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath

Memoir of saxophonist Jimmy Heath is the story of a true survivor.

Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath, the master sax player, was born one month after the late, and legendary John Coltrane, and a few months after the late Miles Davis. The year was 1926. To a certain degree considering that in one year those three jazz greats were born, you have to conclude that 1926 was a very good year.

The dividends brought forth by 1926 come later: In 1959, Davis and Coltrane shine on Davis’ Kind of Blue. Coltrane gives us his modal classic, “Giant Steps” that year as well. Heath, as he notes in I Walked with Giants (with Joseph McLaren writing), got out of prison from a drug charge, May 21, 1959 and vowed to never touch drugs again when released.

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