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The eldest of the Heath brothers and founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, bassist/cellist Percy Heath has played or recorded with virtually every jazz legend, among them Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins and Dizzy Gillespie. Yet despite his pedigree and astounding five-decade career, Percy had never made a recording as a leader. Here he leads this four-movement musical tribute to his father, joined by 25-year-old prodigy Jeb Patton on piano, the swinging Albert 'Tootie' Heath, and second bassist Peter Washington. Recorded the day after Percy's 79th birthday, this CD covers a wide range of style and material - bebop, blues, ballads, rags, classical lines and swinging jazz.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Daddy Jazz Records
  • ASIN: B00008FSOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Peck on April 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though most think of Percy Heath as founding member of the influential group, Modern Jazz Quartet, on his record "A Love Song", this veteran bassist shows his skills as a leader and proves he is more than capable of producing great work on his own sessions.
Since the bass/cello work of Oscar Pettiford, many have tried the same combination; Ron Carter and here, Percy Heath have been two of the most successful. The unusual sound of solo pizzicato cello is immediately intriguing and addicting.
There is a lot to hear on this date from swing and funk to deep balladry. From Heath originals to MJQ standards, the tunes here all have much to offer. All selections are very personal. My favorite thing about this record is that, unlike many other bass solo feature discs, Love Song doesn't over compensate with too much bass. The natural richness of Heath's sound comes through, which is pleasant compared to other amplified, processed bass sounds. His improvisations and serious swing, I believe, should be held on the same page as the immortal Ray Brown.
Also, terrific photographs.
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By A Customer on July 9, 2004
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Beautiful, wonderful music. Jeb Patton, the young pianist, plays like he's lived several lifetimes, so feeling is his touch. Percy Heath: the best. Love the whole album.
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This album swings. Can't stop listening to it. Brilliant all the way around. Century Rag is worth the entire album. Inspired to fill in a few blank spaces in my Percy Heath collection.
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I was introduced to Heath's music by a friend, so I got this on his recommendation .
And I'm very very pleased.

Well recorded, very low bass notes, plays well in my system..
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I bought my first Modern Jazz Quartet LP in 1959, and have always enjoyed Percy Heath's contribution to the sound. I have purchased several more recordings by the MJQ including the 40th Anniversary boxed set. Unfortunately, this opus, the final recording by the last MJQ member who passed on, was not what I expected.
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