The Everest Years

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The music on this sampler is drawn from five different albums: five of the dozen selections on The Herd Rides Again, four from the dozen cuts on Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat, four of the five numbers from Woody Woody leaving off "Summer Sequence", four of the dozen performances included on Chubby Takes Over which has the Woody Herman Orchestra headed by bassist Chubby Jackson, and a version of Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto" that features clarinetist John LaPorta. Although it would have been preferable to have all of the music released on a three-CD set or maybe on two CDs since Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat is available in full by itself, this is an excellent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The music on this sampler is drawn from five different albums: five of the dozen selections on The Herd Rides Again, four from the dozen cuts on Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat, four of the five numbers from Woody Woody leaving off "Summer Sequence", four of the dozen performances included on Chubby Takes Over which has the Woody Herman Orchestra headed by bassist Chubby Jackson, and a version of Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto" that features clarinetist John LaPorta. Although it would have been preferable to have all of the music released on a three-CD set or maybe on two CDs since Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat is available in full by itself, this is an excellent sampler with many high points. At the time, Woody Herman did not have a regular big band it would not be reactivated until later in 1959, so these overlapping orchestras feature alumni from his first three Herds along with a few studio musicians and some jazz stars such as valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette who were not part of other Herman bands. There is a lot of variety, including features for guitarist Charlie Byrd a couple years before he discovered bossa nova, a few selections with Tito Puente's rhythm section, "Ebony Concerto," and spirited remakes of earlier Herman hits such as "Caldonia," "Blowin' Up a Storm," and "Woodchopper's Ball." Unfortunately, the liner notes are microscopic better get a magnifying glass and there are some good selections missing, but overall this is an excellent sampler of Woody Herman's 1958 Everest recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Empire Musicwerks
  • UPC: 654545069123
  • Catalog Number: 450691
  • Sales rank: 230,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caldonia (2:55)
  2. 2 Black Orchid (2:32)
  3. 3 Blowin' Up a Storm (4:19)
  4. 4 Bijou (3:39)
  5. 5 Crazy Rhythm (3:28)
  6. 6 Woodchopper's Ball (4:33)
  7. 7 Mambo Herd (2:38)
  8. 8 Tito Meets Woody (2:38)
  9. 9 Latin Flight (2:03)
  10. 10 Hail Hail the Herd's All Here (4:27)
  11. 11 Yes Indeed (3:12)
  12. 12 It's De-Lovely (3:37)
  13. 13 Mt. Everest (3:09)
  14. 14 Bamba Samba (3:08)
  15. 15 Original #2 (3:07)
  16. 16 Love Song Ballad (4:05)
  17. 17 Prelude a la Cha Cha (4:02)
  18. 18 Ebony Concerto: Moderato (3:31)
  19. 19 Ebony Concerto: Andante (2:09)
  20. 20 Ebony Concerto: Moderato (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woody Herman Primary Artist
Tito Puente Leader, Timbales
Billy Bauer Guitar
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Charlie Byrd spanish guitar
Sam Most Reeds
Nat Pierce Piano
Willie Dennis Trombone
Sam Donahue Reeds
Marty Napoleon Piano
Major Holley Bass
Chubby Jackson Bass
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Al Belletto Reeds, Baritone
Don Lamond Drums
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Al Cohn Reeds
Danny Bank Reeds
Danny Banks Reeds
Billy Byers Trombone
Bill Elton Trombone, Bass Trombone
Joe Ferrante Trumpet
Marty Flax Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Rhythm
Al Forte Trumpet
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Jimmy Guinn Trombone
Dick Hixson Trombone
Steve Lipkins Trumpet
Gilbert Lopez Percussion
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Sam Marowitz Reeds
Pete Mondello Reeds
Al Planck Piano
Hal Posey Trumpet
Paul Quinichette Reeds
Ramón Rodríguez Percussion
Joe Romano Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Rhythm
Willie Thomas Trumpet
Jimmy Migliore Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Rhythm
Robert Rodriguez Bass
Jimmy Campbell Drums
Jim Dahl Bass Trombone
Bobby Clark Trumpet
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Tom Mitchell Jr. Trombone
Technical Credits
Igor Stravinsky Composer
Woody Herman Composer
Ralph Burns Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Cole Porter Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Joe Bishop Composer
Mr. S. Oliver Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Aldo Venturacci Art Direction
Roger Kash Liner Notes
Michael Lauzardo Graphic Design
C Alan Byrd Composer
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