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Jimmy Heath RIP

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I am totally depressed. One of my favorite musicians of all time.  
RIP Jimmy Heath.  Time to spin your music.   

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Shocked to hear this, one of my favourite tenor saxophonists. Thanks for the many great recordings, Mr Heath.

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Damn.

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Sad news.  I've enjoyed his playing and composing, although I must admit I really haven't gone into the kind of depth in exploring his recordings that his long and illustrious career deserves.  I must correct that.  I got to see him perform as part of the Heath Brothers at Stanford maybe 20 years ago.  He seemed like a cool guy.  May he Rest In Peace & Jam With Percy!

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Jimmy Heath's first recordings were done in 1947. As both a tenor player and composer he has made many highly important contributions to jazz. I have long enjoyed his many sessions for the Riverside label. Perhaps my favorite Jimmy Heath album is the quartet date for the Xanadu label that Soulpope posted above,

There cannot be very many jazz musicians left who first recorded in 1947 or earlier.

R.I.P.

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A life not wasted. RIP and the fullest of props.

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93 is a good run.  Long career.  Wish he had not missed so much of the 1950's, he would have contributed greatly.   Talented guy and very kind the one time I met him in the 1970's.  RIP.

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9 minutes ago, felser said:

93 is a good run.  Long career.  Wish he had not missed so much of the 1950's, he would have contributed greatly.   Talented guy and very kind the one time I met him in the 1970's.  RIP.

What John said. A long life. What more can one ask for? RIP. 

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That is sad news. I did wrote one of my first Hot House features about him and he was one of the first artists that I met at the NEA Jazz Masters reception. He was a real gentleman and a lot of fun, while his music and teaching touched many lives.

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This is sad to hear. What a history.

I saw the Heath Brothers in Victoria, British Columbia, in about 1981. Jimmy played a scorching solo on "On The Trail", better than on the Riverside album of the same name, though that is a favorite of his albums. He was also very effective on Bags's Impulse album, "The Jazz 'N' Samba".

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I was lucky to have seen him many times and I never left one of those gigs with anything but appreciation for his artistry. He didn't have a bad night. He was always smiling. RIP sir.

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More SAD news today.  Thank you for the music, Mr. Heath!

R.I.P.

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"Tootie" is still with us, but there aren't many of the originals who are still standing. I just wonder how well they'll be remembered when folks like us who are of a certain age, have all put our cues back in the rack.

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1 hour ago, Dave James said:

 

"Tootie" is still with us, but there aren't many of the originals who are still standing. I just wonder how well they'll be remembered when folks like us who are of a certain age, have all put our cues back in the rack.

In the same way we remember and listen to the greats who were no longer alive when we first started to listen to them. 

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Oh no ............

R.I.P.

His Riverside LPs with that tenor-trumpet-french horn frontline are among my absolute favourites.

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8 hours ago, soulpope said:

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R.I.P ....

Very sad news.  I was playing this today when I heard the news.  That's the only Heath I own.  Then I streamed The Quota and Triple Threat on Amazon HD Music.  Great music and writing.

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Such sad news - but what a great life !  Saw him a number of times in the 1990s/2000s and each time he played like someone half his age. Very under-rated and an important player on tenor and soprano. R.I.P.

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Such sad news. Thanks for everything mr. Heath and may you Rest In Peace!

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RIP !

I heard him for the first time on the now quite obscure Red Garland Album from the early 70´s "The Quota". It´s strange I knew about "Tootie" and Percy earlier. 

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