In his arranging, Jimmy Heath has always been able to get the most out of the resources at hand. In the case of Swamp Seed, he works the harmonic magic of expanding an eight-piece band into the sound of a much larger unit. He is aided in his sleight-of-hand by virtuoso horn players: Jim Buffington and Julius Watkins on French horns, the legendary Don Butterfield on tuba, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and himself on tenor saxophone. The rhythm section is anchored by Heath's brother Percy on bass. On various tracks, piano is by Herbie Hancock and Harold Mabern. The drummers are Connie Kay and the third Heath brother, Albert. The principal soloist, of course, is Jimmy Heath, rooted in blues and the bebop that nurtured him, but harmonically sophisticated. With his expansive tone and conception, Heath sounded in 1963 as he always has--completely up to date.
with Donald Byrd, Julius Watkins, Jim Buffington, Don Butterfield, Harold Mabern, Herbie Hancock, Percy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Connie Kay