Jazz Casual: The Swingin' Herd

Jazz Casual: The Swingin' Herd

by Woody Herman
     
 

Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual television series was an early attempt at documenting live jazz in a studio environment, though the videotapes lay long forgotten until licensed for release by Koch. This compilation includes the complete audio portion of two separate appearances by Woody Herman leading his big band. The clarinetist was always open to new repertoire…  See more details below

Overview

Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual television series was an early attempt at documenting live jazz in a studio environment, though the videotapes lay long forgotten until licensed for release by Koch. This compilation includes the complete audio portion of two separate appearances by Woody Herman leading his big band. The clarinetist was always open to new repertoire of music from a number of different fields, so Nat Pierce's dark but swinging arrangement of the then-current pop hit "A Taste of Honey" in the first program should surprise no one. Of course, there are plenty of familiar standards like "Deep Purple" and gems from Duke Ellington such as "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," all of them swinging. The second program includes both rehearsal and master takes of Bill Holman's "Jazz Hoot," a piece new to the band's repertoire that Herman was unafraid to share as a work in progress before a national audience. The slowly savored take of Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me" showcases Bill Chase's muted trumpet and Herman's sardonic alto sax. "After You've Gone" (after Herman's subtle introduction on clarinet) is transformed into an explosive swinger. The loose, bluesy workout of "Cousins" is a perfect closer for the second broadcast, with plenty of hilarious solos. The only shortcoming of this release is the failure to identify the soloists in the notes. Although this CD remained in print for a rather brief period, these performances have since turned up on various DVDs with the video portion as well, so they shouldn't be too difficult to acquire in one format or the other.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923856221
catalogNumber:
8562

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Herman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Jake Hanna   Drums
Nat Pierce   Piano
Carmen Leggio   Tenor Saxophone
Sal Nistico   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Wilson   Trombone
Bill Chase   Trumpet
Frank Hittner   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Hunt   Trumpet
Henry Southall   Trombone
Ken Wenzel   Trombone
Bobby Lee Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Fontaine   Trumpet
Dave Gale   Trumpet
Chuck Andrus   Bass
Gerald Lamy   Trumpet
Bob Rudolph   Trombone
James Stevens   Tenor Saxophone
Tom Anastos   Baritone Saxophone
David Nolan   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Carly Simon   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
John Coppola   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Don Was   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
James Noble   Composer
Leo Corday   Composer
Tom Gleason   Liner Notes
Jimmy Noble   Composer

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