Jimmy Heath – Love Letter

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Love Letter is the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath‘s stunningly elegant last testament, a take on seminal ballads. Includes songs written by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham in addition to original material. Partially recorded in New York in the days preceding his 93rd birthday, Jimmy presided over a brilliant cast of colleagues and friends. The result is pure Heath: polished, inventive, candid, beautiful. Guest artists include Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, and more.

The Allmusic review by Matt Collar awarded the album 4½ stars and stated “Released seven months after his death in January 2020, Love Letter finds legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath offering a warmly rendered collection of ballads that works as a romantic capstone to his illustrious career.”



Track Listings:
1 Ballad from Upper Neighbors Suite
2 Left Alone
3 Inside Your Heart
4 La Mesha
5 Don’t Misunderstand
6 Con Alma
7 Fashion or Passion
8 Don’t Explain


Bass – David Wong
Drums – Lewis Nash
Guitar – Russell Malone
Piano – Kenny Barron
Soprano Saxophone – Jimmy Heath
Tenor Saxophone – Jimmy Heath
Vibraphone – Monte Croft


Year Released: 2020

Record Label: Verve Music Group