Title:London Suite – Soho (Ted Heath)
Duration:2 mins 45 secs
Trumpets 1-4:Eb6, Bb5, G5, F5
Trombones 1-4:Bb4, G4, D4, C4
Transcribed by:Myles Collins
Description:The London Suite was written by Thomas "Fats" Waller during his 1939 European tour. It is his musical interpretation of six London districts and the suite was arranged for and recorded by the Ted Heath band in 1947, then re-recorded in 1953/4. Soho is scored as a medium tempo cool swing chart that has echos of the 6:9 tonality of Intermission Riff. The chart reflects the area, famous for its nightlife and links to the music and entertainment industies of the time. There are solos for Piano, Tenor and Guitar (or Piano), some sweet sax section passages, powerful ensemble work and a great shock modulation too. Taken down from the 1947 recording this is not a hard chart to play and it swings hard from start to finish. There are no sax doubles.