Road Band 1948, Vol. 1-2

The Road Band 1948, Vol. 1-2

by Woody Herman
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Hep Records
UPC:
0603366001829
catalogNumber:
18
Rank:
150976

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

  1. Dance, Ballerina, Dance  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  2. Toolie, Oolie, Doolie  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  3. Northwest Passage  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  4. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  5. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  6. My Pal Gonsales  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  7. Apple Honey  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  8. The Best Things in Life Are Free  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  9. This Is New  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  10. Elevation  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  11. Berled in Erl  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  12. Fan It  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  13. Blue Flame and Intro  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  14. Tiny's Blues  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  15. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  16. Four Brothers  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  17. Out of Nowhere  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  18. Early Autumn  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  19. Keeper of the Flame  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd
  20. Announcer Fade Out  -  Woody Herman & the Second Herd

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Herman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Vibes,Soloist
Bill Harris   Trombone,Soloist
Jimmy Raney   Guitar,Group Member
Harry Babasin   Bass,Double Bass
Chubby Jackson   Bass,Double Bass,Group Member
Lou Levy   Piano,Soloist
Mary Ann McCall   Vocals
Ernie Royal   Trumpet,Soloist
Earl Swope   Trombone,Soloist
Don Lamond   Drums,Group Member
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Fred Otis   Piano,Soloist,Group Member
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Swift   Trombone
Ollie Wilson   Trombone,Soloist
Walter Yoder   Bass,Double Bass
Rob Swift   Trombone
Sam Markowitz   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars   Tenor Saxophone
Woody Herman & the Second Herd   Track Performer
Marky Markowitz   Trumpet
Herb Sargent   Guitar,Soloist
Irving Markowitz   Trumpet
Herb Sargent   Guitar

Technical Credits

Aram Khachaturian   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Elliot Lawrence   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Chubby Jackson   Composer
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Composer
Don Lanphere   Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger,Composer
Cohn   Arranger,Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Tiny Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George Wyle   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Alastair Robertson   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
James Noble   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Clarence Profit   Composer
Arthur Beul   Composer
Leo Corday   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Walter Mourant   Composer

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