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A fond farewell to well-loved British big band
on 5 February 2004
Although the great Ted Heath died in 1969 his band (or a good part of it) carried on, and performed every now and then to appreciative audiences worldwide, under the direction of Don Lusher.
Since most of them were getting rather long in the tooth, they eventually decided to call it a day and this is the recording of the complete "farewell concert" from December 2000.
Introduced by Malcolm Laycock it is very much one of those old-style Radio 2-type live concerts, all cosy introductions and anecdotes between tracks. The music-making was also old-style Ted Heath big band, loud and proud, tight and brassy, belieing the musicians' advancing years, and all the old favourites were given one last outing, as was long-standing band vocalist Denis Lotis.
Perhaps an album for fans only, nevertheless extremely enjoyable.