Percy Heath: Bass Giant in the Background
Bassist Percy Heath was a modest, often self-deprecating gentleman, seemingly content to hover in the background, behind a host of jazz greats. His modesty was unjust. In this two-part All About Jazz interview with R.J. DeLuke, many bass giants parade by — Mingus, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Ron Carter. Anyone who heard him, especially live, knows that Percy Heath easily belonged up there among all of them.
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John Lewis: At Home with the Blues
John Lewis’s appearance on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz from the first season in 1979 fittingly starts with a wonderful piano blues. I remember being amazed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the mid ‘70s when Lewis unleashed a soulful set of piano blues. I had always associated him with the Modern Jazz Quartet and jazz interpretations of Bach’s music. But that typecasting came to a quick end that evening.
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