Woody Herman King Cobra
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- Released: March 12, 2002
- Label: OJC
- 1.King Cobra
- 2.Don't You Worry About A Thing
- 5.Lake Taco
- 6.Come Rain Or Come Shine
- 7.Toothless Grin
Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Gregory Herbert, Gary Anderson, Frank Tiberi (tenor saxophone, flute); John Oslawski (baritone saxophone); Dave Stahl, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Dennis Dotson, Bill Byrne (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Porrello (trumpet); Jim Pugh, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Vaughn Wiester (bass trombone); Andy Laverne (lectric piano); Ron Paley (electric bass); Jeff Brillinger (drums); Kenneth Nash (percussion).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California on January 7-9, 1975.
Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gregory Herbert (flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Frank Tiberi (flute, bassoon, tenor saxophone); Gary Anderson (flute, tenor saxophone); John Oslawski (baritone saxophone); Dave Stahl, Dennis Dotson, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Bill Byrne (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Porrello (trumpet); Jim Pugh , Dale Kirkland (trombone); Vaughn Wiester (bass trombone); Andy LaVerne (electric piano); Jeff Brillinger (drums); Kenneth Nash (percussion, gong).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Audio Remixer: Jim Stern.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (01/07/1975-01/09/1975).
Arrangers: Bill Stapleton; Gary Anderson; John La Barbera.
As the years passed and Woody Herman continued to age, his orchestra's music stayed young and contemporary. Never willing to have a mere nostalgia band, he continued looking ahead for new music without lowering his standards. On this LP from 1975, the big band performs an excellent version of Chick Corea's "Spain," explores material by Tom Scott and Stevie Wonder and sounds fine on "Come Rain or Come Shine." Herman's vocal on "Jazzman" does not come off so well but occasional misfires are excused when one considers how many chances he took during his productive career. ~ Scott Yanow
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