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Rifftides (November 22, 2006)

Doug Ramsey on jazz and other matters . . .

The Heath Brothers, Brotherly Jazz (DanSun). Part documentary, part concert, this engrossing film about the celebrated Philadelphia brothers was shot a year before elder brother Percy Heath died in 2005. Their life stories are varied – Percy the fighter pilot who became a major bassist – Jimmy, the saxophonist who transformed himself from an addict into one of the great arrangers – Tootie, the drummer who says his older brothers saved him from a possible future as a doctor or lawyer. They play for producer Danny Scher’s cameras in one of their last gigs together. Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Percy’s fishing buddy Peter Jennings make appearances. The archival footage includes film of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, early colleagues of the Heaths.

 


 

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