July 14, 2008
This is a special edition of my podcast recorded on location at Jazz Camp West in 2008 with Tootie Heath, one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time. Tootie has a long history of recording and playing with the best known musicians starting his career in 1957 on a debut album with John Coltrane.That was followed by years spent with JJ Johnson, Cedar Walton, Wes Montgomery, Herbie Hancock and Yusef Lateef...Just to name a few. He was very well known for his years spent playing with his brothers, Percy and Jimmy in the Heath Brothers Band.
In this interview, Tootie talks about his latest project in which three or sometimes four drummers play standard tunes providing all of the parts of a tradition song...the melody and the solos..without the help of any other instruments. You can hear more of the music and learn more about his new project at this website: http://www.thewholedrumtruth.com