Sunday, May 01, 2005

Percy Heath (1923-2005)

The last surviving member of the Modern Jazz Quartet died this week. RIP, Percy.

Maybe I have a special affinity for the MJQ, because they used to get some of the same critical flak that we get (too "intellectual" and "restrained," whatever that means). Ellington too had to deal with that sort of criticism regarding his extended works.

I learned today that PH carried a fishing pole around with him all the time, and once said, "I made a living to go fishing." Right on.

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