Personnel: Woody Herman (soprano & alto saxophones); Frank Tiberi (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute, clarinet, bassoon); Greg Herbert (tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute); Gary Anderson (tenor saxophone, flute); Jan Konopasek (baritone saxophone); Bill Byrne (trumpet); Dave Stahl, Buddy Powers, Bill Stapleton, Tony Klatka (flugelhorn); Jim Pugh, Steve Kohlbacher (trombone); Harold Garrett (bass trombone); Andy Laverne (electric piano); Chip Jackson (electric bass); Ron Davis (drums); Richard Dollarhide (congas); John Rae (percussion).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California from January 2-4, 1974. Originally released on Fantasy (9452).
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1995, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Woody Herman (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gregory Herbert (flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Frank Tiberi (flute, clarinet, bassoon, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Anderson (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jan Konopasek (baritone saxophone); Bill Byrne (trumpet); Dave Stahl, Bill Stapleton, Bill Stapelton, Buddy Powers, Tony Klatka (flugelhorn); Harold Garrett (trombone, bass trombone); Steve Kohlbacher, Jim Pugh (trombone); Andy LaVerne (piano, electric piano); Chip Jackson (electric bass); Ron Davis (drums); Richard Dollarhide (congas); John Rae, Johnny Rae (percussion).
Audio Remixer: Phil DeLancie.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (01/02/1974-01/04/1974).
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Unknown Contributor Role: Gregory Herbert.
Arrangers: Bill Stapleton; Alan Broadbent; Tony Klatka.
Of all the big-band leaders of the swing era, Woody Herman went the most out of his way to interpret current material and keep his orchestra young, enthusiastic, and modern. For this Fantasy date, Herman's band not only plays two John Coltrane songs, but material from Frank Zappa ("America Drinks and Goes Home"), Stanley Clarke ("Bass Folk Song"), and even Carole King ("Corazon"). This is one of Herman's most successful efforts of the period, for the arrangements (by Alan Broadbent, Bill Stapleton, and Tony Klatka) are inventive and generally swinging, with such soloists as Frank Tiberi on tenor, fl?gelhornist Klatka, and electric keyboardist Andy Laverne keeping the music continually interesting. "Blues for Poland," "Lazy Bird," and the Zappa piece are high points. ~ Scott Yanow