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Jimmy and Albert Heath with Russell Malone at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Jimmy and Albert Heath with Russell Malone
(Jimmy Heath Bio)
(Russell Malone Discography)

James Heath, Saxophones
Albert “Tootie” Heath, Drums
Russell Malone, Guitar
Jeb Patton, Piano
Paul West, Bass

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator

Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 3, 2005

Jimmy Heath, saxophonist and one of the famed Heath Brothers (brother Percy Heath, famed bass player of the Modern Jazz Quartet, died April 28, 2005), along with Albert “Tootie” Heath, drummer, joined Paul West, Russell Malone, and Jeb Patton tonight for this second set at the elegant Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This set began with a bouncy swing, led by Jimmy in seasoned, sensational style. With dynamic bursts of music, Russell Malone’s scintillating guitar riff followed, with racing passages and abstract accents. Jeb Patton took some high notes, without overwhelming the leads. In “The Newest One”, Malone’s sprightly, skipping notes, combined with Paul West's earthy and resonant bass, added warmth to the melodies. This song had fragmented, progressive power and pizzazz.

Albert Heath’s percussive lead of the next piece, with rousing ruffles and building momentum, was an introduction to woven piano themes of be-bop and guitar scat, that exploded like thunder. Jimmy Heath, an amazing sax player, who can handle a dozen notes in one breath, was complemented by his brother’s elevated electricity on daring drums. The following, very-midnight in NY melody, “The Nearness of You”, led by Jimmy on sax, was poignant and pathos-infused. A meandering piano riff switched the theme to a higher octave, as Albert and Russell Malone added snippets of ballads for rapturous effects.

For updated listings of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, check out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website.

Paul West and Russell Malone
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Russell Malone at Leisure
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Jimmy Heath and Jeb Patton
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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