Ted Heath

LABELS: Limelight
WORKS: At Carnegie Hall and First American Tour
PERFORMER: Ted Heath (leader, cond); Bobby Pratt, Bert Ezzard, Duncan Campbell, Eddie Blair (t); Wally Smith, Don Lusher, Jimmy Coombes, Ric Kennedy (tb); Les Gilbert, Ronnie Chamberlain (as); Ken Kiddier (bar s); Henry McKenzie (ts, cl); Red Price (ts); Frank Horro
CATALOGUE NO: 820 950-2 (distr. Polygram)
Two long-unavailable albums on one CD that illustrate why the Heath band has become an institution in Britain. A five-minute standing ovation at Carnegie Hall on 1 May 1956 prompted the New York Times to say the Heath band was ‘louder than Kenton and a lot more fun’, as good a summary as any of that historic Carnegie concert, reissued here for the first time since the original Decca vinyl almost forty years ago. SN