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- Released: August 18, 1998
- Label: OJC
- 1.I Can't Get Next to You
- 3.Fanfare For the Common Man
- 5.Tantum Ergo (In Memoriam Edward Kennedy Ellington)
Personnel: Woody Herman (soprano saxophone); Greg Herbert (tenor saxophone, piccolo); Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson (tenor saxophone, flute); Jan Konopasek (baritone saxophone); Dave Stahl, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Gary Pack, Bill Byrne (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim Pugh, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Art Linsner (bass trombone); Andy LaVerne (piano); Chip Jackson (bass); Jeff Brillinger (drums).
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland on July 6, 1974. Originally released on Fantasy (9470). Includes liner notes by Herb Wong.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Adapter: Gary Anderson.
Personnel: Woody Herman (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson (flute, tenor saxophone); Gregory Herbert (piccolo, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jan Konopasek (baritone saxophone); Dave Stahl, Gary Pack, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Bill Byrne (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim Pugh , Dale Kirkland (trombone); Arthur Linsner (bass trombone); Andy LaVerne (piano); Jeff Brillinger (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Audio Remixer: Jim Stern.
Liner Note Author: Herb Wong.
Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland (07/06/1974).
Arrangers: Gary Anderson; Jim Pugh ; Alan Broadbent; Richard Evans .
This live performance was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland at 3:30 a.m.! It chronologically follows Sonny Rollins' 1974 Montreux set, The Cutting Edge. Herman plays soprano saxophone exclusively, leads a 15-piece band through contemporary funk and fusion music of the day, and is backed by such fine soloists as trombonist Jim Pugh, tenor saxophonists Greg Herbert and Frank Tiberi, and trumpeter Dave Stahl. Andy LaVerne plays primarily electric piano, while Chip Jackson anchors the band on bass; both would go on to long careers as sidemen and leaders, but this is the seed of their early work. Overt funk and wah-wah, and Herbert's overblown tenor, accent the Temptations' hit "Can't Get Next to You," while Stahl's excellent horn blowing and LaVerne's arpeggios flavor the slow, rockish swing and swelling horns of Leon Russell and Delaney & Bonnie's "Superstar." Harder funk and Afro-Cuban rhythms buoy clarion horns and Herman's Wayne Shorter-like solo on Gary Anderson's chart of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" (which liner-note writer Herb Wong called an "acid feel" arrangement), while the Bill Mays-penned, Alan Broadbent-organized, flute-drenched (by Tiberi, Herbert, and Anderson) samba "Montevideo" starts with an upbeat swing and moves to LaVerne's Chick Corea-styled solo. Broadbent also wrote the beautiful Duke Ellington tribute "Tantum Ergo," which features a hymnal vocal choir and Herbert's soulful, pungent tenor sax dancing over meditational horns. Billy Cobham's "Crosswinds" is less potent than the original, but still plenty funky, with horns filling in considerable cracks. A CD for Herman completists only, this prefigured the direction he would take for most of the '70s, following trends rather than setting them. ~ Michael G. Nastos