Woody N' You! When I think of Woody Herman, I think of a legend in the shadows, a very prominent musician and band leader who, while he was recognized during his lifetime and after, did not receive the same attention, say, a Duke Ellington or a Benny Goodman did. Live In London at Ronnie Scott's is a superb tribute to the bandleader, steered by his friend and protege, Frank Tiberi. The disc is populated with old herd chestnuts, performed with that big Woody Herman sound. These include "Apple Honey", "Opus de Funk", and Woody's unique take on Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". The disc sonics are as expansive as the playing, carefully caught during a live show. This disc is a worthy tribute to a fine musician. Long overdue.
Four Brothers. On a related note, a nonprofit corporation has been created in conjunction with the Woody Herman Society to raise money for a memorial to the great bandleader to be erected in Herman's hometown of Milwaukee. The memorial will consist of a full-sized statue in the likeness of the reed master to stand in a local park. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution may do so to Mr. Ken Hilleman, President, The Woody Herman Project, Inc. North 81 West 15085 Appleton Avenue, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-3858. Those Interested in the Woody Herman Society are welcome to contact Mr. Al Julian, 12854 South West Doug Drive, Lake Suzy, FL 34266.
Apple Honey; Early Autumn; Carnavalito; Cousins Sugar Loaf Mountain; Northwest Passage; After Hours; Pavane; Opus De Funk; Fanfare For The Common Man. (Total Time: 64:15)
Frank Tiberi: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet. John Nugent: Tenor Saxophone; Billy Ross: Tenor Saxophone and Piccolo; Mike Brignola: Baritone Saxophone and Bass Clarinet; John Chudoba: Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Brian Scanlon: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Piccolo Trumpet; Rob Smith: Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Ron Stout: Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Mark Lewis: Trumpet and Flugelhorn; John Fedcock and Paul McKee: Trombones; Mark Lusk: Bass Trombone; Chip Stephens: Piano; Chuck Bergeron: Bass; Jim Rupp: Drums.
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