In between takes at a recording session, after lamenting the paucity of melody and harmony in today’s music, Jimmy Heath plays his compostion, Mona’s Mood, first recorded on his 1960 Riverside release, Really Big.
This outake is from “Passing the Torch,” a new film by Bret Primack about musical mentors.
James Edward Heath (October 25, 1926 – January 19, 2020), nicknamed Little Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader.
He was the brother of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert Heath.
Heath was born in Philadelphia on October 25, 1926. He originally played alto saxophone, but, after the influence of Charlie Parker on his work for Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1940s, he earned the nickname “Little Bird” (Parker’s nickname was “Bird”) and he switched to tenor saxophone.