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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Ron Carter Gets to the Point with Ethan Iverson
At least at first, Ethan Iverson can scarcely contain his awe of interviewing Ron Carter. Fortunately, that doesn’t deter the two from some penetrating comments on the essential attributes of some great drummers and bassists — including Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, Wilbur Ware and Percy Heath — and what Carter sees as his role in working with drummers.Read More