Chet Baker & Art Pepper: Picture of Heath
Picture of Heath
Picture of Heath [originally Playboys] (Pacific Jazz 94106)
Composed by Jimmy Heath.
Recorded: Los Angeles, October 31, 1956
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Chet Baker came to prominence as the trumpeter in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, but later became a much-recorded leader in his own right. This mid-1950s session teams him with tenorist Phil Urso, a regular member of Baker’s quintet at the time, and the prominent West Coast altoist Art Pepper. Jimmy Heath’s sparkling “Picture of Heath” features a confidently swinging and lyrical Baker, a passionate Pepper, and a rock-solid, on-the-beat Urso over the top-notch rhythm section’s firm foundation.
Reviewer: David Franklin