2 incredibly beautiful albums from Jimmy Heath – back to back on a single CD! The Gap Sealer is sublime early 70s work from Heath – a record that shows that he was really stretching out with a new sound in the decade – even away from his better-known sides with The Heath Brother
s! Jimmy plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax beautifully on the record – with a tone that's incredibly soulful, and even better-blown than his recordings of the 60s – a style that's got a new sense of spiritualism in the post-Coltrane years, one that really stretches out magnificently on the longer tracks in the set. The group's great too – and features Kenny Barron on both acoustic and electric piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Tootie Heath on drums, and Mtume on percussion. Heath plays flute, soprano, and tenor – with a group that includes Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, and Mtume. The group performs Mtume's "Alkebu-Lan (Land Of The Blacks)", plus "Heritage Hum", "Angel Man", "Sound For Sore Ears", and "Gap Sealer". Love & Understanding is an overlooked session from Jimmy Heath – and a perfect illustration of his mighty powers in the 70s! At some level, the record's an extension of the hip soul jazz Jimmy was cutting back in the 60s – particularly on his later work as a sideman for bigger players – but at another level, the album's also got echoes of the rising Strata East generation, including sounds explored by Jimmy with the larger Heath Brother
s group! Players here are all totally hip – and include Stanley Cowell on electric piano, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on electric bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last of whom gives the record a really fluid sense of rhythm. Bernard Fennell plays a bit of cello on the date, bringing in some moodier tones – and Jimmy himself is on tenor, soprano, and flute – on titles that include "Smiling Billy", "Far Away Lands", "Hands Up Feet Down", "One For Juan", and "Gemini".