In October 1962, several top-notch soloists joined Woody Herman in the New York Studio: Bill Chase, the highly individual trumpeter; Sal Nistico, the excellent arranger and tenor sax soloist; and Phil Wilson, the trombonist who battled against the elemental forces of the “Herd” saxophonists. Most impressive of all, however, is the big band sound, the fierce vitality, with which the almost fully newly-assembled band canters through originals and new arrangements like Sister Sadie by Horace Silver or Joe Newman’s Molasses. These numbers were certainly no easy fare for the young musicians, but Woody leads the soloists brilliantly through the programme, never keeping them on too tight a rein.
The music on this Philips LP is modern and timeless, and has been recorded using the very best stereo technique. The album is a must for everyone – not just for big band fans.
2. Blues For J.P.
3. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
4. Tunin’ In
5. Sister Sadie
6. Sig Ep
7. It’s A Lonesome Old Town (When You’re Not Around)
8. Camel Walk