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The Maestro

Delta Leisure 38285




1. One O'Clock Jump
2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
3. Mahjong
4. Moonlight in Vermont
5. What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor?
6. Spring is Here
7. Itís You or No One
8. Ainít Misbehaviní
9. Canít Buy Me Love
10. St James Infirmary Blues
11. Rhapsody for Drums
12. Little Serenade
13. Senor Swings
14. Dark Eyes
15. Robert E Lee
16. Boogie Blues
17. Cha Cha Baby
18. Hava Nagila
19. Lover
20. Hawaiian War Chant

1. I Canít Believe That Youíre In Love with Me
2. Mona Lisa
3. Be My Love
4. Eternally
5. The High and Mighty
6. From This Moment On
7. Lonesome Road
8. Iíve Got the Bluest Kind of Blues
9. Itís a Boomsie
10. Iíve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
11. Thatís A Plenty
12. If I Had You
13. Caravan
14. Exactly Like You
15. That Certain Feeling
16. Squeeze Me
17. That Old Black Magic
18. High Society
19. King Porter Stomp

The Ted Heath Band was synonymous with quality; thatís what Ted was all about. Already a top session trombone player, he formed his band in 1945, determined to employ the best musicians available, the best singers, the best arrangers and to have in each section outstanding jazz players. He was successful in all areas as this record demonstrates. The precision with which the band plays is perfection, as are the dynamics, the tuning and, more than that, the band swings throughout. 

Although there are no personnel details on the sleeve, it is not difficult to recognise Ronnie Verrellís drumming, Stan Traceyís piano and vibes work, Don Lusher on trombone, Bobby Pratt and Eddie Blair on trumpets. Henry Mackenzieís brilliant clarinet playing is a joy as always. There is also the superb tenor sax of Bob Efford, to say nothing of the lead alto work of Ronnie Chamberlain. These are just a few members of a band that really did consist of an all-star line up. 

We should also be enormously proud of what Ted achieved, with a band that could hold its own with the best in the world.  

Don Mather

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