Albert ’Tootie’ Heath: Philadelphia Beat | Album Review

Fri, Apr 3, 2015, 00:00


Philadelphia Beat

Albert "Tootie" Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street



The city of brotherly love has given jazz more than its fair share of greats, not least among them the legendary Heath brothers.

The youngest, drummer “Tootie”, made his recording debut nearly six decades ago with a fellow Philadelphian by the name of John Coltrane, and, as pianist Ethan Iverson points out in his liner notes, Tootie is “one of the few left who learned bop from the streets, not the schools”.

That living connection to the classic era of jazz shines through on this enthralling trio session, with Iverson (best known as one third of the Bad Plus trio) and bassist Ben Street – on canonical tunessuch as Milt Jackson’s Bag’s Groove and Monk’s Bye-Ya – clearly reveling in the pure, authentic groove of a be-bop master.