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Endurance

(Jazz Legacy Productions; US: 11 Aug 2009; UK: 11 Aug 2009)

The Heath Brothers of Philadelphia are walking pillars of jazz history. Among tenor sax player Jimmy, drummer Albert (a.k.a. “Tootie”), and the late bass great Percy, they’ve recorded and been recorded by the greatest names in the game: Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Theolonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Don Cherry, and John Coltrane, not to mention the brothers have enjoyed stints in the prestigious Modern Jazz Quartet. Endurance marks their first album since Percy’s passing in 2005, as the surviving brothers, alongside bassist David Wong and pianist Jeb Patton, move quietly through nine beautiful compositions, including newly penned Jimmy jams such as the spiritual “Ballad from Leadership Suite” and the swinging “Two Tees”, as well as a lush reading of Vernon Duke’s timeless 1934 standard “Autumn in New York”. Endurance is a miraculous comeback from two of the most enigmatic players in the biz, with a touching cover photo as well.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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