Jimmy Heath Triple Threat (1962 )

Track selection 1:  Bruh’ Slim

Track selection 2: Dew and Mud


Freddie Hubbard (tp) Julius Watkins (frh) Jimmy Heath (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Percy Heath (b) Albert Heath (d) recorded NYC, January 4, 1962


Roland Kirk earned the “triple threat” label with his three-pronged instrument attack. Jimmy Heath steps up to the bar with a triple threat as a musician, arranger and composer on this hard bop album. Plus all three of the Philadelphia Heath Brothers are present, Jimmy being assisted by Percy on bass and Al on drums. I make that a double triple threat, if we are going to be picky.

The Gramophone (Setember 1963 issue) offers a little background:

When Heath came to Europe to play at the 1948 Paris Jazz Fair with the Howard McGhee Sextet he laboured under the nickname of “Little Bird”, because his alto work was strongly reminiscent of Parker’s. Since then Heath’s life has had its ups and downs and one of the outcomes has been the formation of a much more personal manner of expression. Although his indebtedness to Parker remains, the influence is now less evident for he has combined with it an arranger’s tidiness of phrasing.

It may be a triple threat but  you get only a double helping. Any more would be greedy.

As an aside, sadly, the kindred Jazz is my Life WordPress blog run by Raz, with his generous helping of download links, has been hit by closure of its file-hosting Mediafire account. First Megupload, now Mediafire. Lets hope he bounces back. Get well soon, Raz. Before long there will be nothing but the ubiquitous Spotify and iTunes online, and all the Britney Spears and Justin Bieber you could wish for.

Vinyl: Riverside RLP 400 UK release

Twin Reels/ Blue label – Philips UK pressing. Nice.

Collectors Corner

Source: eBay

Seller Description: Vinyl VG plus, Sleeve EX minus

“Very rare UK 1st pressing on Riverside/Fontana  Rare 150 Ggram UK 1st  press 1962 mono !!! Riverside UK  1st press. blue and silver textured labels mono 1962 180 Gram very high quality / audiophile pressing !!!! -1/-1 Matrices with very early ‘1 1 2’ Polygram stampers on both sides. Very early 1st press condition vinyl: Vg+. Labels perfect. Disc has no imperfections. Loud clear sound. No distortion Condition Inner: Ex   Condition Sleeve: Ex Minus. No damage ! Small ‘E.M.I’ rubber stamp on the  rear but I dont know why as it wasn’t made by them. Made by Fontana/Phillps   (Later Polygram) in the UK under license For Riverside USA”

Well you’ve got to give them marks for trying, though the expression “too much information” comes to mind, plus repetition, irrelevant information, incorrect information, and excessive use of shriek marks and the word “rare”. None of which had the desired effect, as the winning bid remained stubbornly within single figures.

Among all the verbiage however is a good question. Why would a record pressed by Philips UK bear an official-looking  stamp of rival EMI. EMI never pressed Riverside.  One for the Vinyl Detectives I think. Siren on, guys, no time to lose. We may be fifty years too late already.

3 thoughts on “Jimmy Heath Triple Threat (1962 )

  1. Ah… Jimmy Heath… I don’t think there are tracks written by Jimmy Heath that I don’t like. Try to see if you can lay hands on the LP “Playboys” (“Picture of Heath” on CD). And absolute joy of an album with superb tracks and a great line up. Early April of this year Jimmy Heath performed in our local theatre. I had a chance to meet him in the flesh, but it never happened. I still regret that it didn’t work out…

    For those who’d like to read more about this, you can find it in the comments of this post. 😉

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