Albert “Tootie” Heath Trio @ The Vanguard 3/3-8

This intergenerational threesome has proven wildly pliable in practice and scope – it’s not every almost-80 bop maestro who tries his hand at “I Will Survive.” But a refreshing breadth and a consonant clashing of personal styles keeps their chemistry singular. From pianist Ethan Iverson’s rococo flourishes to bassist Ben Street’s buoyant balancing act to the leader’s nimble swing gambits, there’s plenty of engagement. The new Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside) is built on the kind of attention to detail that carries the day. Reminder: Heath’s drums speak a distinctly pleasurable lingo that’s disappearing all too quickly. It’s wise to absorb it right now, like this weekend…

The Vanguard


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