Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Sal Nistico, Frank Tiberi, Steve Lederer (tenor saxophone); Gene Smookler (baritone saxophone); Tony Klatka, Tom Harrell, Buddy Powers, Forrest Buchtel, Bill Byrne (trumpet); Bobby Burgess, Ira Nepus, Don Switzer (trombone); Alan Broadbent (acoustic & electric pianos); Mike Bloomfield (electric guitar); Alan Read (electric bass); Ed Soph (drums).
Recorded at Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, California in March 1971. Originally released on Fantasy (8414). Includes liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Michael Bloomfield (guitar, electric guitar); Wally Heider (recorder); Steve Lederer, Frank Tiberi, Sal Nistico (tenor saxophone); Gene Smookler (baritone saxophone); Forrest Buchtel, Buddy Powers, Bill Byrne, Tom Harrell, Tony Klatka (trumpet); Don Switzer, Bob Burgess , Ira Nepus (trombone); Alan Broadbent (piano, electric piano); Alan Read (bass guitar); Ed Soph (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Wally Heider Studio, San Francisco, CA (03/1971).
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Woody Herman always went out of his way to keep his band's repertoire and style modern and contemporary. Certainly there were few other swing era big-band leaders who would have welcomed the electric blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield as a guest on four selections, as Herman did for 1971's Brand New. Although not a complete success (these versions of "Since I Fell for You" and "Proud Mary" are not all that memorable), it was a noble effort. The best selections on this CD reissue are Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "After Hours." Alan Broadbent (heard throughout on electric piano) contributed five of the eight arrangements, although Nat Pierce's reworking of "After Hours" is most appealing. Other key soloists include Herman (on alto, soprano, and clarinet in addition to taking two vocals), trumpeter Tony Klatka, and Frank Tiberi on tenor. ~ Scott Yanow