WOODY HERMAN: The Fourth Herd
Woody Herman and His Orchestra (20 pieces), plus The Octet(*) featuring Herman (cl) Nat Adderley (cnt) Zoot Sims (ts) Eddie Costa (vib) Recorded in New York; July 31 and August 1, 1959
Panatela (*) (2:58) (Mark)
Lament for Linda (2:48) (Blish)
Misery, Stay Way from My Door (2:38) (Moore)
In a Misty Mood (*) (3:23) (George)
Catty’ Corner (*) (2:37) (Blish)
The Thirteenth Instant (2:31) (Mark)
The Magpie (2:35) (Mark)
Blues for Indian Jim (*) (2:38) (Mark)
The Devil and the Stoker (3:22) (Kanner)
The Swing Machine (*) (2:34) (George)
Summer Nights (2:51) (Mark)
Johnny on the Spot (*) (3:09) (Mark)
About This NEW Jazzland Recording –
The magic of a descriptive and well-turned phrase may frequently become on historic cornerstone on which posterity may base comparisons and relate values in examining sequential events. IN the realm of big band jazz, George Simon’s term “The Herd” has become synonymous with Woody Herman and the full-blown, uninhibited creativity which he has brought t contemporary music.
Each of Woody’s first three “herds” represented a milestone in modern jazz as well as in the impressive history of this dedicated band-leader. This edition of Herman marks the debut on records of a successor to the Third Herd, and Jazzland Records is proud to be a partly to the unveiling of this mightily swinging group. The formula for Woody’s success seems comparatively simple: attracting the finest playing and arranging talents to his forge, Woody then proceeds to pre-heat these elements with the undiminished fire of his jazz enthusiasm, fusing the components into a free-wheeling entity with a virtually limitless capacity for making music.
Another characteristic of Woody Herman’s jazz concept is the band-within-a-band, which is presented here in a manner that permits a highly talented small group to bask in the inspiring warmth of the big orchestra. Half the tunes recorded here were scored accordingly on charts contributed by Al Cohn (Panatela, Blues for Indian Jim), Nat Pierce (Catty’ Corner, Johnny on the Spot) and George Roumanis (In a misty Mood, The Swing Machine) to feature on octet made up of Woody himself, sax star Zoot Sims, the fervid cornet of Nat Adderley, ad the swinging vibist Eddie Costa; plus the big band’s rhythm section.
The band personnel is – Trumpets: Ernie Royal, Reunald Jones, Irvin Markowitz, Red Rodney, Bernie glow, Burt Collins / Trombones: Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Dahl, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehal / Reeds: Al Cohn, Sam Markowitz, Don Lanphere, Dick Hafer, Gene Allen, Zoot Sims / Rhythm: Nat Pierce (piano) Barry Galbraith (guitar) Milt Hinton (bass) Don Lamond (drums).
Recent JAZZLAND releases include:
Organ-izing – Mel Rhyne, organ; with Blue Mitchell, Johnny Griffin, Gene Harris – JLP 16
& Stereo 916S
Chet Baker in Milan – JLP 18 & Stereo 918S
Zoot Sims Quintet – JLP 2
Zulu – Randy Weston, with Art Blakey – JLP 4
This album produced by RED CLYDE
Notes by JOE QUINN
Cover designed by PAUL BACON – KEN BRAREN – HARRIS LEWINE
Back-liner photos by LAWRENCE N. SHUSTAK
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