By Jimmy Heath
Composer of greater than a hundred jazz items, three-time Grammy nominee, and performer on greater than a hundred twenty five albums, Jimmy Heath has earned a spot of honor within the historical past of jazz. Over his lengthy profession, Heath knew many jazz giants similar to Charlie Parker and performed with different innovators together with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and particularly Dizzy Gillespie. Heath additionally gained their appreciate and friendship.
In this awesome autobiography, the mythical Heath creates a OC dialogueOCO with musicians and kin. As in jazz, the place improvisation by means of one performer activates one other to riff at the comparable subject, I Walked with Giants juxtaposes HeathOCOs account of his existence and profession with memories from jazz giants approximately existence at the street and making tune at the worldOCOs levels. His stories of fidgeting with his both mythical brothers Percy and Albert (aka OC TootieOCO) dovetail with their memories.
Heath reminisces a few South Philadelphia domestic packed with track and a close-knit relations that hosted musicians acting within the cityOCOs then thriving jazz scene. Milt Jackson recollects, OC I went to their condominium for dinnerOC JimmyOCOs father positioned Charlie Parker documents on and informed each person that we needed to be quiet until eventually dinner simply because he had chook onOC . whilst I [went] to Philly, IOCOd continually visit their house.OCOaaa this day Heath plays, composes, and works as a track educator and arranger. through turns humorous, poignant, and very candid, HeathOCOs tale captures the rhythms of a lifestyles in jazz.