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Frank Tiberi: 4 Brothers 7

Read "4 Brothers 7" reviewed by Gaylord Smith

Ah, nostalgia. What would we do without it? The warm, fuzzy feelings take us back to less complicated times when the cares of the world were always somewhere else, bothering someone else. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Frank Tiberi has chosen, on 4 Brothers 7, to offer a remembrance of the Woody Herman Band and, in particular, its Second Herd, also known as the Four Brothers Band. The 7> in the title represents the Tiberi group's seven players: four saxophones and ...

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Frank Tiberi: 4 Brothers 7

Read "4 Brothers 7" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is a clever idea, and a scary one as well. Clever because it seeks to recreate the innovative “four brothers sound (three tenor saxophones, one baritone) made famous by Woody Herman's legendary Second Herd; scary because whoever undertakes the assignment has some enormous shoes to fill (Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, Serge Chaloff). Happily for the listener, these seasoned front-liners--each of whom played with Woody at various times--wear them quite well, even as one concedes that no claimants ...

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Frank Tiberi: Tiberian Mode

Read "Tiberian Mode" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Better late than never. Although Frank Tiberi’s stature among his fellow musicians approaches legendary, it took a Woody Herman alumnus (John Nugent) with his own record company to appreciate the benefits of bringing the present leader of the Herman Herd into a studio to document his prodigious talents. And while doing so, to invite two of Tiberi’s ardent admirers and former “students,” saxophonists Joe Lovano and George Garzone, to take part in the session. Lovano and Garzone are graduates of ...


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