Personnel includes: Woody Herman, Bill Byrne, Bill Stapleton, Jim Pugh, Greg Herbert, Frank Tiberi, Steve Lederer, Andy Laverne, Joe Beck, Wayne Darling, Ed Soph, Ray Barretto.
Originally released on Fantasy (9432).
Personnel: Woody Herman (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Joe Beck (guitar); Gregory Herbert (flute, alto flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Harry Kleintank (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Steve Lederer, Frank Tiberi (tenor saxophone); Bill Stapleton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Larry Pyatt, Gil Rathel, Walt Blanton, Bill Byrne (trumpet); Geoff Sharp, Jim Pugh (trombone); Harold Garrett (bass trombone); Andy LaVerne (electric piano); Wayne Darling (electric bass, bass guitar); Ed Soph (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Recording information: A & R Sound Studios, New York, NY (04/09/1973-04/12/1973).
Photographer: Burt Goldblatt.
Arrangers: Bill Stapleton; Alan Broadbent; Tony Klatka; Richard Evans .
Woody Herman always went out of his way during his long career to encourage younger players, often persuading them to write arrangements of recent tunes for his orchestra. On this recording one gets to hear his band interpret such selections as Chick Corea's "La Fiesta," Leon Russell's "A Song for You," "Freedom Jazz Dance," "A Child Is Born" and "Giant Steps"; what other bandleader from the '30s would have performed such modern material? With strong solo work from tenors Gregory Herbert and Frank Tiberi, trumpeter Bill Stapleton and Herman himself, this is an impressive effort. ~ Scott Yanow