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Albert Heath

Born: May 31, 1935    Primary Instrument: Drums

Albert Heath

The younger brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath has long been a top hard bop-based drummer with an open mind toward more commercial styles of jazz. After moving to New York (1957), he debuted on record with John Coltrane.

Albert Heath was with J.J. Johnson's group (1958-1960) and the Jazztet (1960-1961), worked with the trios of Cedar Walton and Bobby Timmons in 1961, and recorded many records as a sideman for Riverside during that era. He lived in Europe in 1965- 1968 (working frequently with Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, and backing touring Americans), and, after returning to the U.S., he played regularly with Herbie Hancock's sextet (1968-1969) and Yusef Lateef (1970-1974)...
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As Leader

1969: Kawaida
with Ed Blackwell, Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams
1974: Kwanza
(The First) (Muse Records) - with Percy Heath, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, Curtis Fuller
1998: The Offering - solo

As Sideman With John Coltrane
Coltrane (1957)
Lush Life (1960)

With Bennie Green and Gene Ammons
The Swingin'est (1958)

With Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner (1969)

With Wes Montgomery
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

With Blue Mitchell
A Sure Thing (1962)

With George Russell
George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall (1965)

With Nina Simone
Little Girl Blue (1958)
Nina Simone and Her Friends (1959)

With The Young Lions
The Young Lions (1960) Vee-Jay Records

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