Heath [Kuumba], Albert [Al; Tootie]
- Michael Conklin
(b Philadelphia, PA, May 31, 1935). American drummer, brother of bass player Percy Heath and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. He was exposed to jazz through his brother Jimmy’s work with John Coltrane and Charlie Parker and the success of the Modern Jazz Quartet, which his brother Percy helped develop. While in his early twenties, he moved to New York City. His propulsive yet sensitive drumming was apparent on key recordings, including Coltrane’s first release, ...