(2015) Some Of This, Some Of That

J.C. Heard

... read moreThe only recording of the J.C. Heard Orchestra (a Detroit-based big band that the drummer had founded in 1981) finds the veteran Heard (just two years prior to his death) mostly playing high-quality hard bop with his 13-piece big band. Of the eight songs (best-known are "Nica's Dream" and Woody Shaw...

58′:35″ 10 Songs

1
J.C. Heard
Sweet Love Of Mine
6:22
2
J.C. Heard
Blues For Sale
3:52
3
J.C. Heard
It Happens To Be Me
4:50
4
J.C. Heard
Nica's Dream
8:04
5
J.C. Heard
Coastin' With J.C.
6:14
6
J.C. Heard
Yardbird Suite
5:07
7
J.C. Heard
I'll Take Romance
4:38
8
J.C. Heard
For You My Love
4:32
9
J.C. Heard
Samantha
7:53
10
J.C. Heard
Some Of This, Some Of That
7:03
Released 15 April 2015, 2015 Hiroko Heard

Review

The only recording of the J.C. Heard Orchestra (a Detroit-based big band that the drummer had founded in 1981) finds the veteran Heard (just two years prior to his death) mostly playing high-quality hard bop with his 13-piece big band. Of the eight songs (best-known are "Nica's Dream" and Woody Shaw's "Sweet Love of Mine"), four are the leader's originals. Among the sidemen, trumpeter Walter Szymanski makes the biggest impression. Pianist Earl Van Riper is the only musician with even a slight "name," but the J.C. Heard Orchestra had a hard-driving and appealing sound. ~ Scott Yanow