Friday, July 20, 2018

Al "Tootie" Heath

While waiting for the fuzziness from a late night to finally leave me, I became aware of my morning soundtrack. What was cued up on the player was Promise of the Sun from Herbie's recording The Prisoner. Tootie demonstrates great sensitivity to the compositions throughout this recording. He shifts between the traditional role of supporting melody hits to mirroring the dissonant spiraling orchestration of the wind instruments. The various moods he creates are a lesson in ear-training for the drummer. Over 40 years later he is still bringing it. What an inspiration!

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