October 26, 2016
Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York’s WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
Temple University Press
Jimmy Heath’s reputation as a jazz player has been partly overshadowed by his gifts as a composer and arranger.
In 1953 he began recording with Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Kenny Dorham.
He made a now-legendary Blue Note Records date with Miles Davis and J.J. Johnson.
As an event worthy of special recording,they recorded Jimmy Heath’s compostition “C.T.A”.
In 1954, he was arrested and convicted for drug possession.
So he spent 4 1/2 years in prison,and he was released in 1959.
Unfortunately he could not play an active part in modern jazz history.
While in prison he composed many famous pieces.
He got them out to Chet Baker by passing them to his brother Tootie Heath.
Chet and Art Pepper made an album [Playboys] that included mostly his songs.
Here is Miles Davis sextet play “C.T.A.”.
Miles Davis (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb ) Jimmy Heath (ts) Gil Coggins (p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (ds)
Here is Chet Baker & Art Pepper play “C.T.A”.
Chet Baker (tp),Art Pepper (as),Phil Urso (ts),Carl Perkins (p),Curtis Counce (b),Larance Marable (ds)