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Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend

Read "Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Woody HermanBlue Flame--Portrait Of A LegandJazzed Media 2012Born on May 16, 1913, Woodrow Charles “Woody" Herman is the subject of this feature-length documentary, produced by Jazzed Media's Graham Carter in association with Al Julian's The Woody Herman Society in recognition of the clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, bandleader and American jazz icon's Centennial birthday. Woody Herman: Blue Flame--Portrait of a Jazz Legend is much more than an entertaining film about one of the greatest ...

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Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Read "Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Woody HermanBlue Flame: Portrait Of A Jazz LegendJazzed Media2012 Innovation and boundary pushing is often seen as a young man's game, so the obvious question is, how did clarinetist/saxophonist/vocalist/bandleader extraordinaire Woody Herman manage to keep things fresh for virtually his entire half-century run? The answer is so simple that it almost belongs in the common sense category: Herman continued to tap young musicians to shape his groups' sound from the time ...

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Woody Herman: Live Jazz From Club 15

Read "Live Jazz From Club 15" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Fans of Woody Herman's Herds and big bands in general should welcome Live Jazz From Club 15, which captures his young band in the sixties.

Those who visited Las Vegas four decades ago, before it became the entertainment capital of the world, knew they could see and hear great jazz in casino lounges adjacent to the main showrooms. Request Records has recently released six CDs of live recordings made in Vegas during that time under the umbrella title Live Jazz ...

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Woody Herman: The Everest Years

Read "The Everest Years" reviewed by David Rickert

Woody Herman's late-fifties band was stocked with talented newcomers and a few seasoned veterans, all of whom as a unit packed the powerful punch that of a generation of players weaned on Ellington and bebop records. While many big bands were floundering or had packed it in, Herman's Herd continued to create worthwhile music even after his best work was behind him.

This compilation features tracks from five different releases on the Everest label and showcases a band ...

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Woody Herman: Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat

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Woody Herman's fine band from the fifties never really got its due. It lives in the shadow of the more famous Second Herd, and most of Herman's records from this period remain out of print. However, Herman and company was still at the top of their game. Most of his featured players were relative unknowns, yet were weaned on a steady diet of bebop and Ellington and no doubt absorbed the lessons of those who occupied their chairs before.

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Woody Herman: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra & Woodchoppers (1945-1947)

Read "The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His  Orchestra & Woodchoppers (1945-1947)" reviewed by George Harris

Leave it to Mosaic to be the one to finally get it right. After Columbia's initial poorly engineered Greatest Hits back in the '80s, and their better sounding (but hardly complete) two-CD set two years ago, Woody Herman is finally represented in the respectful manner he is due with a delicious seven-CD (limited edition) box set. This beauty is not only an absolute must for Herman fans, but it also serves as a testament for all music fans who want ...

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Woody Herman: The Band That Plays The Blues 1938

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The Pre-Thundering Herd...

 

Woodrow Charles Herman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 16, 1913. An excellent clarinet and saxophonist and vocalist, Herman was to be best known for leading a series of influential big bands. Like Hector Berlioz, Woody Herman would be better know for this ability to make a band play than for his ability to play a given instrument. The present Naxos Jazz Legends release details the period prior to the First Herd, apt the named ...

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Woody Herman: The Third Herd

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In 1951, two years after he was forced to disband the groundbreaking Second Herd, Woody Herman was back in the saddle and leading another swinging ensemble, the suitably named Third Herd. These radio air–checks of the Herd were recorded during a three–week engagement at the Hollywood Palladium in May–June ’51. Gone were the original “Four Brothers” (Getz, Sims, Steward / Cohn, Chaloff) and other standouts including Bill Harris, Don Lamond, Chubby Jackson, Terry Gibbs and Ernie Royal, but Woody had ...

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Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd: Blues in the Night

Read "Blues in the Night" reviewed by Dave Nathan

This 1971 performance was part of a huge jazz concert in Clearwater, FL sponsored by station WAZE . In addition to Woody Herman's aggregation, the Four Freshmen and Stan Kenton's band were there. These sessions have also been issued by Hitchcock. Herman's music and arrangements are fresh and exciting, not repeats of the same stuff he was playing with earlier outfits. This regrettably was not the case with Stan Kenton, who was regurgitating material played many times before.

There were ...

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Woody Herman: The Complete Capitol Recordings

Read "The Complete Capitol Recordings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “complete recordings” of any artist, no matter how accomplished he or she may be, are almost by definition a mixed bag, and Mosaic’s The Complete Capitol Recordings of Woody Herman is no exception. Complementing superb entries from a number of memorable LPs by Woody’s Thundering Herds, circa 1948–56, are tracks on which Herman performs with the Chuck Thomas Dixieland Band, sings (“Mule Train,”(!) “My Baby Just Cares for Me”) with Nat King Cole and his trio, with the long–forgotten ...

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The Woody Herman Orchestra, Directed By Frank Tiberi: Live In London at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live In London at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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The Woody Herman Orchestra / Ina Ray Hutton Orchestra / Bob Crosby's Bobcats: 1946 Broadcasts / 1943-44 Spotlight Band Broadcasts / 1937-40 Broadcasts

Read "1946 Broadcasts / 1943-44 Spotlight Band Broadcasts / 1937-40 Broadcasts" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though there are moments of pleasurable big–band swing in these reissues from 1937–46 by Woody Herman’s First Herd, singer Ina Ray Hutton’s (all–male) orchestra, and Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, they should be of greatest interest to avid record collectors and completists. While Soundcraft has done a respectable job of cleaning the original acetate (and in one case, aluminum) sources, they sound nonetheless precisely like what they were — radio air–checks broadcast more than half a century ago. Those ...


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