on 20 July 2013
While Jimmy Heath's reputation as a solid (if not too exciting) musician is well deserved, writing a book would appear to be not as easy for him as playing a B flat blues chorus.
This book is rather dull, containing mostly dry account of different recordings and live performances and endless repetitions of Mr. Heath compositions and their endorsement from the author himself.
It also contains numerous tributes from many of Mr.Heath colleagues and family members basically praising him without a shade of criticism.
While it could make an excellent CV or application for grant money, it does not constitute exciting reading.
Knowing Mr. Heath reputation for sharp wit and humor, I anticipated to find some of it on this pages, only to be severely disappointed.
It's one thing to make a quick remark in a spur of the moment and quite another to write an amusing statement in a book.
For somebody inexperienced in Jazz history and interested in a period the work could be mildly interesting.
For persons interested in deeper knowledge of Jazz and life of great musicians of the important period in Music called Bebop, the book provides very little new and vital information.
Therefore I can only judge it no more than fair, with a limited appeal.
A pity, for Mr. Heath have known and worked with many greats of the period, but perhaps was unable to put his life's history in literary and entertaining style.