Thanks for your comments - none of your guesses are accurate and you may be surprised if you've read thru the comments as there are hardly any unidentified tracks left. On track 1 I was surprised at the thought of being played to a rhythm track, and you'll understand when you see - quite literally - the reveal.
So five days to go and we have these orphans left if anyone is concerned:
1. This was not intended as something anyone would know or would be likely to figure out, unless they follow the same path I did to discover it.
2. Pianist not well known, tenor much more likely to be recognized. And why is it that so few people can summon "Song for My Father" from the depths of their memory? If I gave a hint on the tenor it would give it away and I don't feel like doing that for this track.
5. Famous tenor soloist, not so famous backing. BillF. had it backwards when he mentioned Brit vs genuine article in his comments.
6. Maybe the tuba is throwing people off the scent of the studio sound which might help or might not in the identification? Guitarist's record.
7. There are no clues I could give but I am certainly glad this is so popular.
8. Famous tenor. My hint is that it had two separate releases on different labels, LP and CD era.
9. If you figure out 8 you can get 9.
12. It won't help but here's a hint: American soloist/European trio record.
Indeed - Jimmy Heath's passing has had me going back to the December 2014 concert featuring Heath, Benny and Javon Jackson. Very glad that I can say I saw both of those legends. Here's hoping Benny is with us quite a bit longer.