Verve Jazz Masters 54

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Purely by the accidental circumstance of having a relatively small slice of music from which to draw, Verve's Woody Herman Jazz Masters volume provides a service by selecting from all five Philips albums that document one of Herman's best bands. This was a zesty, youth-driven outfit, studded with fine musicians like the late trumpeter Bill Chase, tenor player Sal Nistico, pianist/arranger Nat Pierce who apparently ran the band behind the scenes, trombonist Phil Wilson and drummer Jake Hanna. The repertoire proves that Herman had his ear to the ground by including numbers like a thoroughly energizing, authentic-sounding version of Mingus' "Better Git It In Your Soul." ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Purely by the accidental circumstance of having a relatively small slice of music from which to draw, Verve's Woody Herman Jazz Masters volume provides a service by selecting from all five Philips albums that document one of Herman's best bands. This was a zesty, youth-driven outfit, studded with fine musicians like the late trumpeter Bill Chase, tenor player Sal Nistico, pianist/arranger Nat Pierce who apparently ran the band behind the scenes, trombonist Phil Wilson and drummer Jake Hanna. The repertoire proves that Herman had his ear to the ground by including numbers like a thoroughly energizing, authentic-sounding version of Mingus' "Better Git It In Your Soul." For old time's sake, road father Woody is there with an occasional good-humored vocal on a revivified oldie like "Caldonia." All this unit lacked was the First Herd's extra spark of originality and Zeitgeist-inspired exuberance -- being exactly in the right place at the right time in history -- but it's a close judgment call. In other words, while you wouldn't want this CD as a single-disc introduction to Herman's six-decade career -- a First or Second Herd sampler would be a better choice -- there's a lot of exciting music to be heard here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452990327
  • Catalog Number: 529903

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woody Herman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Nick Brignola Baritone Saxophone
Jake Hanna Drums
Bobby Jones Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Nat Pierce Piano
Carmen Leggio Tenor Saxophone
Sal Nistico Tenor Saxophone
Phil Wilson Trombone
Gordon Brisker Tenor Saxophone
Bob Hammer Piano
Raoul Romero Tenor Saxophone
Gene Allen Baritone Saxophone
Tom Anastasio Baritone Saxophone
Bill Chase Trumpet
John Coppola Piano
Larry Ford Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Duško Gojkovic Trumpet
Frank Hittner Baritone Saxophone
Gary Klein Tenor Saxophone
Henry Southall Trombone
Ken Wenzel Trombone
Bob Stroup Trombone
Paul Fontaine Trumpet
Chuck Andrus Bass
Ziggy Harrell Trumpet
Gerald Lamy Trumpet
Bob Rudolph Trombone
Larry Cavelli Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Nolan Trumpet
Technical Credits
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Bill Holman Arranger
Charles Mingus Composer
Nat Pierce Arranger
Fats Waller Composer
Phil Wilson Composer
Bob Hammer Composer
Bill Chase Composer
John Coppola Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Michael Lang Compilation Supervisor
Mitchell Parish Composer
Bob Thiele Composer
Jack Tracy Producer
Clarence Williams Composer
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Ben Young Compilation Research
Don Delaney Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Philips Label Herd

    This was a truly great, swingin' band. I've got the originals on vinyl and there are some favorites that are not included here from the Philips albums. The album titled ''1963'' is in print again, but 1964 was my most over-worked title. Dig the screaming trumpet of Bill Chase and the frenetic tenor sax of Sal Nistico on ''Cousins''.

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