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CLARK TERRY, trumpet
TOM MCINTOSH, trombone;
DICK BERG, French horn;
JIMMY HEATH, tenor sax;
PAT PATRICK, baritone sax;
TOMMY FLANAGAN (on side 1, #1 and 2: Side 2, #2) or
CEDAR WALTON (other five selections), piano;
Arrangements by JIMMY HEATH (first three selections, each side) and TOM MCINTOSH other two selections). New York; June 24 and 28, 1960.

A1 Big "P" Written-By Jimmy Heath3:53
A2 Old Fashioned Fun Written-By Jimmy Heath4:34
A3 Mona`s Mood Written-By Jimmy Heath4:53
A4 Dat Dere Written-By Bobby Timmons4:24
B1 Nails Written-By Jimmy Heath4:47
B2 On Green Dolphin Street Written-By Kaper*, Washington*4:42
B3 My Ideal Written-By Robin*, Chase*, Whiting*4:10
B4 The Picture Of Heath Written-By Jimmy Heath4:30

bonus track on Spo-thi-fy 
Nails Written-By Jimmy Heath4:49


The modern jazz artist who both 'wails' and writes is often an unavoidably split personality: enjoying his playing in the small-group context that is the normal setting for wailing these days, but often longing for the more satisfying complexity of arranged musical colorings and backgrounds that are possible only with more large- scaled bands. On the other hand, he is apt to be aware that big-band efforts can all too easily have a stiffness and formality too far removed from the easy-flowing looseness and free-blowing spirit of the best of small- group jazz.
Facing this basic dilemma, JIMMY HEATH, a man to be reckoned with both as improvisor and as writer, has evolved the unique solution that is at the heart of this album. It is a combination that Jimmy describes as "a big band sound with a small-band feeling"-a richly textured musical pattern that manages to retain all the earthy ferment of a swinging quintet or sextet date.
It should be obvious that the fresh, clear-cut style of Heath's arrangements has much to do with the success of this idea. It should also be apparent that Jimmy's earthy, vigorous and emotionally compelling solo sound is ideally suited to the handling of the material he has written. In addition, Jimmy has been able to call upon some unusually able musicians to help turn his concept into reality.
For one thing, it undoubtedly helps to be born into the right family. For the core of the rhythm section here consists of older brother Percy (one of the truly great jazz bassists and for years a bulwark of the Modern Jazz Quartet) and younger brother Albert one of the most promising of today's up-coming drum- mers and currently a mainstay of J. J. Johnson's sextet). Another set of brothers adds considerably to the high level of things. Nat Adderley's cornet is featured in a good deal of the solo work here, while Cannon- ball, today's top alto star, speaks out most effectively on Nails and On Green Dolphin Street. Clark Terry, a veteran of the Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones bands, has the lead-trumpet spot, and Jimmy's ensemble writing takes consistent advantage of the remarkable teamwork that Clark and Nat are capable
2. On Green Dolphin Street (4:42)
3. My Ideal (4:10)
4. The Picture of Heath (4:30)
(Jimmy Heath)
(Chase-Robin Whiting)
(Jimmy Heath)
of. (Note that the trumpet chorus on Nails is split by the two, Clark playing first; and observe also their 'trading-with Terry switching to fleugelhorn-on Pic- ture of Heath.) Also to be noted is trombonist Tom McIntosh, who rounds out the scoring with charts for Bobby Timmons' soulful Dat Dere and for Picture, a Heath composition of a few years back.
It should be stressed that, although his basic idea is a unified one, Jimmy's writing here is quite varied: from the deeply blues-filled Nails, Old Fashioned Fun and Big "p" (for Percy, of course) to the ballad named for his wife, Mona's Mood-all of these being new compositions, And there are also richly melodic treat- ments of the standard, My Ideal, and of On Green Dolphin Street, the latter being a tune closely associated with Miles Davis, another close friend (with whom Jimmy played in the early '50s and again briefly in '59). Jimmy Heath has been experimenting with tentette arrangements since the late '40s when he led such a group in his native Philadelphia. At that time he was a Parker-influenced altoist and bore the nickname of "Little Bird." Now, it is quite safe to say, his ideas have borne fruit in a way that is certain to make a great many people aware of just how big this "Little Bird" has become.
Jimmy's previous Riverside album is-
The Thumper: JIMMY HEATH Sextet; with Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly (RLP 12-314; also Stereo RLP 1160)
Produced and notes written by ORRIN KEEPNEWS. Cover designed by KEN DEARDOFF. Back-liner photos by LAW- RENCE N. SHUSTAK. Recording Engineer: RAY FOWLER. Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios.
RIVERSIDE RECORDS are produced by
BILL GRAUER PRODUCTIONS, Inc. 235 West 46th Street New York 36, N. Y.
Top photo: Two Heath brothers-Jimmy (left) and Percy. Middle photo: The brass section-(left to right) Dick Berg, Tom McIntosh, Nat Adderley, Clark Terry. Bottom: Jimmy Heath in action.
(The present recording is also available in Monaural form on RLP 333.)
For proper Stereophonic sound reproduction and longer record life, uss only a stereo cartridge in playing this LP.