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I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath

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Composer of more than 100 jazz pieces, three-time Grammy nominee, and performer on more than 125 albums, saxophonist Jimmy Heath has earned a place of honor in the history of jazz. In this extraordinary autobiography, the legendary Heath creates a "dialogue" with musicians and family members. By turns funny, poignant, and extremely candid, Heath's story captures the rhythm ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 28th 2010 by Temple University Press (first published 2010)
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Michael Fitzgerald
Quite nicely done, it features both Jimmy's voice and contributions by his family, friends, and colleagues who give general appreciations as well as recollections of specific events.

The earlier parts are best. The last section flags noticeably, become a litany of "and then this commissioned work was performed" over and over.
Brilliant first-person insight into the golden era of modern jazz. The testimonials by Heath's peers are worth the price of admission.
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