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The Heath Brothers is an American jazz group, formed in 1975 by the brothers Jimmy (tenor saxophone), Percy (bass), and Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums); and pianist Stanley Cowell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tony Purrone (guitar) and Jimmy's son Mtume (percussion) joined the group later. Tootie left in 1978, and was replaced by Akira Tana for a short period before returning in 1982. They also added other sidemen for some of their recording dates.
The group still exists with just two of the brothers, Jimmy and Tootie, and additional sidemen as needed. The DVD, Brotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers, recorded in 2004, shortly before Percy Heath's death, was one of the last times the brothers played together, and chronicled the Heath Brothers' personal lives as well as socio-political issues many jazz musicians dealt with in the later 20th century, including jail, drugs, discrimination and segregation.
- Marchin' On (1975) (Strata-East Records)
- Passin' Thru (1978) (Columbia Records)
- Live at the Public Theatre (1979) (Columbia Records)
- In Motion (1979) (Columbia Records)
- Expressions of Life (1980) (Columbia Records)
- Brotherly Love (1981) (Antilles Records)
- Brothers and Others (1981) (Antilles Records)
- As We Were Saying (1997) (Concord Records)
- Jazz Family (1998) (Concord Records)
- Endurance (2009) (Jazz Legacy Productions)
- Visions of Jazz: The First Century. Gary Giddins, 2003. Retrieved on 23 December 2006.
- We Three Kings: The Heath Brothers. Laurence Donohue-Green. Retrieved on December 23, 2006.
- A Night With the Heath Brothers: The Opening Act That Closed the Show. Lee Fury. Retrieved on December 23, 2006.
- The Heath Brothers: Giants of Jazz. Rick Condit, March 2003. Retrieved on 23 December 2006.
- JimmyHeath.com biography of Jimmy Heath
- Drummers' World article on Albert Heath
- A complete Heath Brothers discography on musicmatch.com.
- The Heath Brothers biographies and CD review of Brotherly Love in French
- Brotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers DVD Documentary