Personnel includes: Woody Herman (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Harry Kleintank (tenor & baritone saxophones); Greg Herbert (tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute, alto flute); Frank Tiberi (tenor saxophone, flute, bassoon); Gary Anderson (tenor saxophone, flute); Steve Lederer (tenor saxophone); Dave Stahl, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Dennis Dotson, Bill Byrne, Bill Stapleton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Porrello, Larry Pyatt, Gil Rathel, Walt Blanton (trumpet); Jim Pugh, Dale Kirkland, Vaughan Wiester, Geoff Sharp, Harold Garrett (trombone); Andy Laverne (electric piano); Joe Beck (guitar); John Paley, Wayne Darling, Chip Jackson (bass); Jeff Brillinger, Ed Soph, Ron Davis (drums); Ray Barretto (congas); Kenneth Nash, John Rae (percussion).
Producers: Woody Herman, Jack Tracy, Ozzie Cadena.
Recorded at Fantasy Studio, Berkeley, California from January 2-5, 1974 and January 7, 1975; A&R Studios, New York, New York on April 11 & 12, 1973. Originally released on Fantasy (9609).
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1997, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Joe Beck (guitar); Gregory Herbert (flute, alto flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Frank Tiberi (flute, clarinet, bassoon, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Anderson (flute, tenor saxophone); Harry Kleintank (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Steve Lederer (tenor saxophone); Jan Konopasek (baritone saxophone); Dave Stahl, Bill Stapleton, Dennis Dotson, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Bill Byrne (trumpet, flugelhorn); Larry Pyatt, Tom Porrello, Gil Rathel, Walt Blanton (trumpet); Tony Klatka (flugelhorn); Vaughn Wiester, Harold Garrett, Geoff Sharp, Steve Kohlbacher, Jim Pugh (trombone); Andy LaVerne (electric piano); Ed Soph, Ron Davis, Jeff Brillinger (drums); Ray Barretto (congas); John Rae, Kenneth Nash (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Audio Remixer: Danny Kopelson.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (04/11/1973-01/07/1975); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (04/11/1973-01/07/1975).
Photographers: Tony Lane; Theresa Woody.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chip Jackson; Dave Stahl; Bill Stapleton; Gregory Herbert; Ed Soph; Frank Tiberi; Gary Anderson; Jan Konopasek; Bill Byrne; Jim Pugh ; Joe Beck ; Andy LaVerne; Ray Barretto; Tony Klatka; Wayne Darling; Woody Herman; Jeff Brillinger.
This album has a variety of recordings Herman cut for Fantasy during 1973-75 that had not found a place on his other releases. There are some good moments (notably "Brotherhood of Man") but nothing all that memorable occurs. This is an average release from a jazz institution. ~ Scott Yanow