Woody Herman – Woody Herman And His Big Band In Poland (1977)

FrontCover1His most successful band Herman Band was forced to disband in 1946 and this was Herman’s only financially successful band. He left his band to be supportive of his wife and family while his wife, Charlotte Nestle who was struggling with alcoholism and pill addictions. Fans and Critics have said that the big band era ended in December 1946 when Herman’s band and seven other bands disbanded. Herman created in 1947 the Second Herd band and in the 1950s the Third Herd Band. The Third Herd had a successful tour in Europe. By the 1960s he was famous for hiring many young but stellar up incoming musicians for his Herd Bands.

By the end of the 60s his music library was heavily influenced by rock and roll. He featured brass and woodwind instruments that before this time were not associated with jazz music. Into the 1970s Herman began spreading his knowledge of music through jazz education, which eventually leant him the name as “Road Father.” He kept performing into the 1980s and he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 1987. (by battleofthebigbands.com)

And this is a very rare vinly rip of a very rare Woody Herman Lp, released only in Poland and I got this item from a friend in Poland … Thank you very much !

And sou listen to this album and you should liten very carefully … and then you will know why I think Woody Herman was one of best … one of the best  leader from that great Big Band Era … long times ago …

And if you want to know more about this concert … read the liner-notes (in English) on the backcover of this wonderful album !

Herman01Woody Herman & Frank Tiberi

Gaty Anderson (saxophone, flute)
Bill Byrne (trumpet)
Charles Davis (trumpet)
Denny Dotson (trumpet)
Nelson Hatt (trumpet)
Woody Herman -(clarinet, saxophome, vocals)
John Hoffman (trumpet)
Steve Houghton (percussion)
Dale Kirkland (trombone)
Lyle Mays (piano)
John Oslawski (saxophone)
Jim Pugh (trombone)
Salvatore Spicola (saxophone, flute, piccolo, bassoon)
Slam Stewart (bass)
Frank Tiberi (saxophone, flute, bassoon)
Vaughn Wiester (trombone)


01. Reunion At Newport ’72 (Broadbent) 8.49
02. Where Is The Love (Hathaway) 4.46
03. Jazz Man (King) 4.22
04. Four Brothers (Guiffra) 3.09
05. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (Legrand) 6.22
06. La Fiesta (Corea) 5.08
07. Laura (Mercer) 4.24



Woody Herman & His Orchestra – Live In Seattle (1989)

FrontCover1After early experience in Chicago with the bands led by Tom Gerun and Harry Sosnik, Woody Herman toured with Gus Arnheim. In 1934, he joined Isham Jones, and when Jones’s group disbanded in 1936 Herman used its leading sidemen as the nucleus for his own orchestra. This band went through a number of changes of personnel, such as the inclusion in 1943 of Chubby Jackson and in 1944 of Neal Hefti, Ralph Burns, Flip Phillips, and Bill Harris (by the mid-1940s, under the name Herman’s Herd, it was internationally famous for the force and originality of its music. Herman reformed the band in 1947, and the distinctive feature of the Second Herd was the group of saxophonists (three tenor and one baritone) who came to be known as the Four Brothers; among the musicians who played in the section were Serge Chaloff, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Gene Ammons.

WoodyHerman02After the demise of the Second Herd in 1949, Herman continued to lead bands; these were perhaps less creative, but their consistently high level of musicianship assured his continuing reputation. The Anglo-American Herd, which he organized in 1959, was significant in the history of English Jazz; another of the more distinctive later bands, the Swinging Herd, was formed in 1962 and featured such excellent soloists as Bill Chase, Phil Wilson, and Sal Nistico. Herman broadened his scope in the late 1960s, when he took up soprano saxophone and included young jazz-rock players in his groups. He toured widely in the 1970s, and in the early 1980s held a residency in a club in New Orleans. Thereafter he worked principally on the West Coast, before taking up another residency in the St. Regis Hotel, New York, in 1985. He celebrated his 50th anniversary as bandleader with the formation of a new orchestra in 1986.

Although Herman’s instrumental expertise was considerable, his essential importance was as an organizer. His rare ability to assemble and sustain bands notable for the quality of their musicians grew especially clear in the late years of World War II, when his group consisted of brilliant improvisers whose ensemble playing was exuberant and incisive; Igor Stravinsky was so impressed by its sound that in 1945 he composed his Ebony Concerto for the band. The harmonic procedures of bop influenced Herman’s next orchestra even more deeply, confirming his freedom from the contemporary sectarianism in jazz. The ebullient Lemon Drop (1948) with its succession of exciting improvisations illustrates Herman’s shrewd open-mindedness as a bandleader as do more overtly ambitious recordings like the two-part Lady McGowan’s Dream (1946) and the four-part Summer Sequence (1946-7), both composed by Burns. (by The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Oxford University Press)

WoodyHerman01The 1967 (released for the first time in 1989) edition of Woody Herman’s Orchestra is captured live in concert on this well-recorded European import. With fine playing from tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, pianist John Hicks and high-note trumpeter Bill Chase, this is an excellent all-around showcase for the band. Some tunes are stronger than others, with “Greasy Sack Blues” and “Jumpin’ Blue” being high points, although “Make Someone Happy” and the funky “Hush” are more routine. To Herman’s credit, “Four Brothers” is the only one of his older songs to be reprised on this interesting set; the leader sounds good on clarinet, alto and soprano. (by Scott Yanow)

It´s time to discover Woody Herman; listen to his great version of “Hush” and his exciting version of “Wartermelon Man” and you´ll know what I mean !

Live at the Gezira Sporting Club. Cairo, Egypt, 1966

Live at the Gezira Sporting Club. Cairo, Egypt, 1966

Bob Burgess (trombone)
Bill Chase (trumpet)
Richard Cooper(trumpet)
Ronnie Cuber (saxophone)
Harry Hall (trumpet)
Woody Herman (clarinet, saxophone)
John Hicks (piano)
Steve Lederer (saxophone)
John Madrid (trumpet)
Michael Moore (bass)
Sal Nistico (saxophone)
Vince Prudente (trombone)
Jack Ranelli (drums)
Frank Vicari (saxophone)

01. Hush (South) 4.46
02. Watermelon Man (Hancock) 7.42
03. Greasy Sack Blues (Traditional) 7.30
04. Jumpin’ Blue (Randolph) 10.18
05. Make Someone Happy (Smith) 6.47
06. Four Brothers (Giuffré) 3.54