by Ted Heath


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Ted Heath was one of the very best British big band leaders of the 1940s and '50s. In 2000, Jasmine Records unleashed a 24-track Ted Heath retrospective that should be counted among the very finest in his entire discography. This chronologically stacked anthology opens with "Opus One," a punchy delight that comes from his second-ever recording session, a Decca date that took place on December 18, 1944. Heath's progress is neatly mapped with solid selections including a big band adaptation of Fats Waller's "London Suite," a lovely rendering of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" and well-executed melodies by bop innovators Tadd Dameron and Charlie Ventura, recorded during the spring and autumn of 1949. This is the best imaginable introduction to Ted Heath, and is highly recommended for anyone who loves big band jazz and wants to tap into the English wing of the tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2000
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988256727
catalogNumber: 2567
Rank: 172897

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ted Heath   Primary Artist,Leader
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Woolf Phillips   Trombone
Freddy Gardner   Tenor Saxophone
Leslie Hutchinson   Trumpet
Jack Bentley   Trombone
Jimmy Coombes   Trombone
Dave Goldberg   Guitar
Harry Hall   Trumpet
Henry MacKenzie   Tenor Saxophone
Maurice Miller   Trumpet
Bobby Pratt   Trumpet
Maurice Pratt   Trombone
Frank Reidy   Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Roderick   Trumpet
Cliff Townsend   Alto Saxophone
Tommy Whittle   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Parnell   Drums
Charlie Short   Bass
Dave Wilkins   Trumpet
Carew   Trombone
Aubrey Franks   Tenor Saxophone
Norman Stenfalt   Piano
Max Goldberg   Trumpet
Dave Shand   Baritone Saxophone
Jackie Armstrong   Trombone
Alan Franks   Trumpet
Bill Lewington   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Oliver Wallace   Composer
Paul Pelletier   Liner Notes
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Harold Weeks   Composer

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