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Ted Heath: The Big Ones

Jazz oddity Ted Heath and his Music take on the top hits with a flair all their own.

Ted Heath is nothing short of a musical genuis, and why he isn't more widely recognized for his talents is one of the long-standing mysteries of vinyl. Take a listen to these incredibly cool tracks and you'll see what I mean. Heath starts off slow, emphasizing the popular melody of the song, which serves merely as a starting point for what comes next. In Get Back, he quicky departs into a Jazz wonderland, picking up the Beatle theme only here and there. In Satisfaction, he turns a minor pause in the song into a series of unbelievable drum breaks that will have you peeling your eardrums off the ceiling.

The great thing about Ted Heath is that all his songs on all his albums are like this -- one treasure after another. In a world where one great track is typically packaged around nine worthless ones, that makes Ted Heath and his Music an incredible vinyl treat.

Ted Heath: The Big Ones
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Songs:

Get Back (MP3) The classic Jazz treatment of popular tunes. A real tour-de-force.
Satisfaction (MP3) I love the incredible drum breaks in this over-the-top rendition of the Stones' greatest hit.



Your Comments:

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
BTW, the artwork on this album cover is outta sight. Like... waaayyy coool. Groovy, baby. (10-13-2004)

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
Ya' just gotta love it! I know I do. I am probably enjoying this sort of thing, if I may be so bold, as much as the web author of this site derives enjoyment out of this sort of thing. I only have an ear for jazz when it's 60's electrified or 70's tainted. No other jazz form is tolerable in my narrow opinion. This is definitely my kind of jazz album. I am so JAZZED! (10-13-2004)

Matt Page (mapage@comporium.net) says:
Ted Heath recorded a live album at Carnegie Hall on which is a fabulous recording of Memories of You. The melody of the song is carried by two soloing trumpets. My dad had this record but time has taken it's toll. It is very obscure but I am trying to locate a good copy! Any ideas? (10-09-2004)

Tina Pratt (tinapratt@optusnet.com.au) says:
I am the widow of the late Bobby Pratt who passed away 5th June 1968, however he would be very proud of two of his grandsons who are walking in his footsteps. Yes he was a great player, a natural he played a Con-constellation trumpet. My daughter carries his mouth piece in her hanbdbag. Just a little trivia for you, please contact me sometime. Best wishes and thanks Tina (10-07-2004)

tony cottle (davecottle@mail.com) says:
The someone was Johnny Hawksworth, bass player; cd now available from Vocalian (CDLK 4153) digitalised from original Paladium vinyl LP. Later, more swinging non-verbal, American version released also by Vocalian. Hope this helps (09-20-2004)

Ken Staples (drkensta@tpg.com.au) says:
How can I get hold of recordings of the Palladium Concerts when the Ted Heath band played The Champ, and the personell included the singers Dickie Valentine Dennis Lotus and the great Lita Rosa? (05-30-2004)

Guy Kemp (gkemp@ma.rr.com) says:
Frank: Love your site. Vinyl Rules!!
Does anyone know where I can get a cassette copy, or an MP3 copy of Ted Heath's "How High The Moon"? I've been looking for this since I was a kid (I'm 50 now). It used to be on a 45 RPM "EP", on the London label. I believce it was from the "Live at the Palladium" album. The song has a really good bass solo, then the drummer, Ronnie Verrell, comes in too early, you can hear someone (Ted?) say, "Not yet, Verrell, not yet", and some laughter, the bass solo continues, Verrell again comes in too early, and you hear someone say, "no! no! No!", then they finish the song. A great version, I might add. Anyone have this? Please let me know: gkemp@ma.rr.com
Thanks! (05-27-2004)

Guy Kemp (gkemp@ma.rr.com) says:
Frank: Love your site. Vinyl Rules!!
Does anyone know where I can get a cassette copy, or an MP3 copy of Ted Heath's "How High The Moon"? I've been looking for this since I was a kid (I'm 50 now). It used to be on a 45 RPM "EP", on the London label. I believce it was from the "Live at the Palladium" album. The song has a really good bass solo, then the drummer, Ronnie Verrell, comes in too early, you can hear someone (Ted?) say, "Not yet, Verrell, not yet", and some laughter, the bass solo continues, Verrell again comes in too early, and you hear someone say, "no! no! No!", then they finish the song. A great version, I might add. Anyone have this? Please let me know: gkemp@ma.rr.com
Thanks! (05-27-2004)

Bill Boy (will_boy1999@yahoo.com) says:
By the way, speaking of Bobby Pratt, if you want to hear an incredible performance of his, listen to his trumpet solo on "Out Of Nowhere" on Heath's "Big Band Bash" album (probably recorded around 1962 or so)...it is absolutely out of this world. Hear first hand why they called this guy the Conrad Gozzo of England!!!!!!!! (03-22-2004)

Bill Boy (will_boy1999@yahoo.com) says:
I emailed Don Lusher, the lead trombonist for the Heath Band recently, and he told me that he played on all the Phase 4 sessions. Heath band was mostly recording in the late 60's, and they apparently used a lot of the older stalwarts for the sessions, like Lusher, and Bobby Pratt (before his death), etc. (03-22-2004)

Rick Frank (rfrank@dominionsw.com) says:
Can someone name the personnel for "Swing is King" LP?

I had that as a kid (on reel to reel) and always thought it was
very swinging, and tasteful without going to commercial.

Please email me offline too...

Thanks,

Rick (03-20-2004)

gavin lowe says:
it`s propper Bo i tell the (03-13-2004)

Terence Pushman (tpushman@earthlink.net) says:
Who were the singers with Ted Heath?

Thank you. (03-08-2004)

Hailey (YoungDoorGirl@hotmail.com) says:
For someone who's not high, I think it sounds good! (02-07-2004)

Tad Ulrich (Los Angeles, CA ) says:
There simply was not a better swing oriented big band in the 1950's & 60's than the one led by Great Britain's Ted Heath. It recorded prolifically throughout the 1950's with a consistency that was remarkable. It was truly a British band with members from both Scotland and England. Every good band must have a good rhythm section and the Heath band's was second to none featuring Frank Horrox, piano; Johnny Hawksworth (poll winner) on bass and Ronnie Verrell (poll winner) on drums. To really appreciate this band you need to hear their London Palladium, Carnegie & Kingsway Hall records. In those settings, this band was simply awesome and is some of the best straight ahead big band jazz ever made. Completely different from their studio sessions. (07-07-2003)

Ian Knowles (ian.knowles1@ntlworld.com) says:
I think the Ted Heath band was at it's best around the middle to late fifties. With musicians like Ronnie Verrell(drums), Johnny Hawksworth(bass)and the wonderful team of Bobby Pratt and Bert Ezzard on trumpets, their renditions of Manhatten and Bill are out of this world.
There is also a little known track by the Heath band called 'Theme From Baby Doll'which swings like hell! If any genuine Heath fans want to hear these tracks please let me know and I will do my best to e-mail them to you. (07-06-2003)

Kim sun (kim3113@hanmail.net) says:
I Love Ted Heath Music

(06-30-2003)

juan manuel aleman fernandez (clarinetesax@hotmail.com) says:
Ted Heath fue la mejor big band de todos los tiempos en europa. Tengo todos sus discos y desde niño los oigo. Sus secciones están tan admirablemente ensambladas como ninguna otra big band de ningún país pudo lograr. Toda su música es maravillosa.juan de Cuba. (04-13-2003)

Bill Boy (Will_boy1999@yahoo.com) says:
I'm assuming your comments are not sarcastic, because you are right, Ted Heath was a musical genius, an outstanding trombonist and had arguably the best big band in the post-big band era. (04-03-2003)

Daredevil6 (daredevil6@excite.com) says:
Wanna bite? No really, go 'head n' bite it. Oh yeah....Great cover of "Satisfaction", eh? (03-24-2003)





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