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Albert Heath: Kwanza

A decade before the Marsalises triggered a bebop revival, seminal producer Don Schlitten was giving beboppers a recording outlet with Xanadu Records. A veteran jazz record producer who’d worked for RCA, Prestige and Muse, among many other labels, Schlitten founded Xanadu in 1975 and operated it with his wife Nina. (The label ceased issuing new … Read More “Albert Heath: Kwanza”

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Heath Brothers: Endurance

This album finds the Heath Brothers quartet in excellent form despite the absence of bassist Percy Heath. It’s the group’s first album since Percy’s death in 2005, and David Wong is a hard-swinging, well-rounded replacement. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Jimmy Heath offers several distinctive compositions as well as solos that are models of succinctness, lyricism … Read More “Heath Brothers: Endurance”

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