Woody Herman The Road Band 1948, Volume 1-2 (Live) (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Released: December 1, 2003
  • Label: Hep Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Blue Flame - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 2.Good Earth, The - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 3.There'll Be Some Changes Made - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 4.Stardust - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 5.Goof And I, The - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 6.Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 7.If Anybody Can Steal My Baby - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 8.Half Past Jumpin' Time - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 9.It's Been So Long - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 10.Sidewalks Of Cuba - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 11.Sabre Dance - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 12.P.S. I Love You - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 13.Lullaby In Rhythm - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 14.You Turned The Tables On Me - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 15.Happy Song - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 16.Just For Laughs - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 17.Wild Root - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 18.I Cover The Waterfront - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 19.Baby I Need You - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 20.Keen And Peachy - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Dance, Ballerina, Dance - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 2.Toolie, Oolie, Doolie - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 3.North-West Passage - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 4.I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 5.Happieness Is A Thing Called Joe - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 6.My Pal Gonsales - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 7.Apple Honey - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 8.Best Things In Life Are Free, The - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 9.This Is New - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 10.Elevation - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 11.Berled In Erl - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 12.Fan It - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 13.Blue Flame And Intro - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 14.Tiny's Blues - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 15.I Got It Bad - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 16.Four Brothers - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 17.Out Of Nowhere - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 18.Early Autumn - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 19.Keeper Of The Flame - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)
  • 20.Announcer Fade Out - (with Woody Herman & The Second Herd)

Product Description:

Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone); Woody Herman; Herb Sargent, Herb Sargent (guitar); Sam Markowitz (alto saxophone); Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars , Stan Getz , Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Irwin "Marky" Markowitz, Irving Markowitz, Marky Markowitz (trumpet); Rob Swift , The Bill Harris Quintet, Rob Swift , Bill Harris (trombone); Chubby Jackson, Harry Babasin, Walter Yoder (double bass); Don Lamond (drums); Mary Ann McCall (vocals); Jimmy Raney (guitar); Sam Marowitz (alto saxophone); Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Serge Chaloff (baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Ernie Royal, Shorty Rogers, Bernie Glow, Stan Fishelson (trumpet); Earl Swope, Ollie Wilson (trombone); Lou Levy, Fred Otis (piano); Terry Gibbs (vibraphone).
Liner Note Authors: Alastair Robertson; Don Lanphere.
Recording information: 02/1948-12/1948.
Photographers: Don Lanphere; Frank Driggs.
Arrangers: Al Cohn; Shorty Rogers.
Woody Herman's Second Herd, which existed from late 1947 through the end of 1949, recorded relatively little due to the Musicians Union recording strike of 1948. Fortunately they were captured on radio broadcasts on a regular basis during 1948. This superior double CD has many of the group's finest radio performances, quite a few of which were put out previously on Hep LPs and sometimes by such labels as Jazz Anthology and First Heard. A much more boppish band than Herman's First Herd, this group (also known as the Four Brothers Band) featured major soloists in tenors Stan Getz (who had the lion's share of the solo space), Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn, baritonist Serge Chaloff, trumpeter Shorty Rogers, and trombonist Earl Swope, with contributions from lead trumpeter Ernie Royal and a rhythm section driven by drummer Don Lamond. In addition, Herman is in fine form on clarinet and alto and Mary Ann McCall takes a few winning vocals (as does the leader). The first 29 selections are from February-March 1948 while the other numbers are from later in the year when such players as trombonist Bill Harris, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, and bassist-cheerleader Chubby Jackson made the band even stronger. The repertoire includes new pieces, boppish remakes of First Herd hits, and a few standards. Unlike the First Herd, the Second Herd was not a financial success and mostly avoided playing any current pop material and dance music. They were not quite as outwardly joyous, at least not until First Herd alumnus Harris and Jackson rejoined the band, but the Second Herd was one of Herman's most innovative orchestras, featuring inventive arrangements by Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, and Shorty Rogers. This two-fer adds a great deal to the legacy of this classic big band. ~ Scott Yanow
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