A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath
of the Heath
Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath
Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath
is joined by players that include Don Cherry, Buster Williams, Mtume, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath
, and Ed Blackwell – all coming together for a session that's nearly lost to the history books, but which is one of the strongest spiritual jazz sessions of the late 60s! Herbie plays all acoustic piano throughout, and the tracks are long, leaping, and loping – with stretched-out spiritual solos from Jimmy Heath
and Don Cherry – and a proud and righteous sound that's extremely free-spirited without going too far out! Titles include "Baraka", "Maulana", "Dunia", and "Kamili".
(Original gatefold pressing! Vinyl has a mark that causes clicks for a few spins at the start of side one, but is then fine. Cover has some light wear.)