For The Quota, Jimmy Heath gathered his older brother, Percy, and his younger one, Tootie, into the Riverside studios along with three young lions of the New York jazz scene. In Julius Watkins, Heath selected a musician who had made himself a mainstay of the New York scene despite the fact that he played French horn, an instrument almost impossibly difficult for improvisation. In a short time in New York, Cedar Walton had become sought after as a versatile pianist who soloed with rare conviction and beauty. Freddie Hubbard had just turned 23 and was a trumpeter already placing high in jazz polls. For this assemblage of talent, Heath wrote four compositions and put his arranging skills to work on three others. Typically, he made the three horns sound like more. Heath also came to play. This album has some of his most stimulating tenor saxophone work.
with Freddie Hubbard, Julius Watkins, Cedar Walton, Percy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath