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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Big Band Percussion - Ted Heath And His Music

Big Band Percussion
Ted Heath And His Music
London Phase 4 Stereo
SP 44002

You can find this album on CD bundled with Heath's Big Band Bash so I will not be posting a sample.

I've got a few Heath albums on hand and haven't really warmed up to what I've heard. This album, on the other hand, is way cool! All the songs rock in that early 60s "bongo percussion" style. There is a lot of variety in the way the songs are arranged to keep the percussion gimmick fresh throughout the album. And Peanut Vendor, track 3 on the "A" side, is an especially smoking tune featuring some great vocals. The "A" side finishes out with Drum Crazy which is crazy.

The "B" side features a cover of It Ain't Necessarily So that is arranged like a theme from a 50s "private-eye" TV show. That tune is fabulous!

1 comment:

  1. I have a ton of Phase 4's, as you know, but have never come upon this one!


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