Ted Heath: Ladybird
Ted Heath and His Music
Ted Heath And His Music - Listen To My Music Vol. 4 '48 - '50 (Hep CD 69)
Ted Heath (leader),
Dave Wilkins, Maurice ‘Mo’ Miller, Stan Roderick, Stan Reynolds (trumpets), Jackie Armstrong, Maurice Pratt, Jack Bentley, Jimmy Coombes (trombones). Les Gilbert, Reg Owen (alto saxes), Tommy Whittle, Johnnie Gray (tenor saxes), Dave Shand (baritone sax), Dave Goldberg (guitar), Dave Simpson (piano), Charlie Short (bass), Jack Parnell (drums).
Composed by Tadd Dameron. Arranged by George Shearing.
Recorded: London, March 14, 1949
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
By this time in its history, the Heath band's schedule was made up of tours, BBC broadcasts, recordings for U.K. Decca, and a series of sold-out concerts at the London Palladium. Heath wanted the most versatile band in England, and this recording is one of the band's first to embrace the new jazz called bebop. Shearing was already well known as a pianist, but he was an experienced big band arranger as well, playing his arrangements on the piano and having them transcribed for the instruments. An American bandleader of stature would have been thrilled to have had this creative, exciting arrangement in his band book. The trumpets have stunning Gillespie-esque figures, played as if they are the simplest parts in the world – typical of the Heath band's discipline. Armstrong and Simpson are the soloists; Simpson has clearly heard a few bop recordings. Reportedly Dameron liked this arrangement very much, and would contribute to the Heath book as well later in the year.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof