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My Kind of Broadway
Genres: Jazz, Pop
First time on CD for this 1964 album by Big Band leader Woody Herman (who was also a fine clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist!) and his Swinging Herd featuring Bill Chase on trumpet. Always wanting to approach modern mus... more »
First time on CD for this 1964 album by Big Band leader Woody Herman (who was also a fine clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist!) and his Swinging Herd featuring Bill Chase on trumpet. Always wanting to approach modern music and not concentrate on his past, Herman and company interpret songs that made their debut in well-known Broadway plays. Wounded Bird. 2006.
One Of Woody's Best
Robert J. Usher | The Real World | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the debut album for Woody's mid-sixties stint with Columbia Records. Many of the personnel on this recording were holdovers from the memorable Philips "Swingin' Herd" gang, including arranger/pianist Nat Pierce, and the fabulous trombonist, Phil Wilson. This album would mark the end of Phil's tenure with the Herd, and that alone makes it worth buying (just catch his brilliant solo on "My Favorite Things"). Of course there are other reasons for making this album part of your collection, starting with the selections. The fifties and sixties were a golden age for Broadway show tunes. Many of them are presented here, each one a gem perfectly suited for big band interpretation, as shown in the tasty arrangements of Pierce, Bill Holman, Dusko Goykovich, Bill Chase, Don Rader, and Raoul Romero. Throw in some brilliant solos by Pierce, Rader, Goykovich, Chase, Andy McGhee -- the list goes on and on -- and the maestro himself, -- then add brassy ensemble work by the band (which included no less than EIGHT trumpets). Result: perfection."
One of Woody's Best
Robert Defelice | BOSTON, MA | 07/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is one of Woody Herman's best. It features great arrangements and great performances including a very good vocal by Woody on "This Can't Be Love." I saw the Herman Herd a bunch of times and this CD captures the excitement and quality of the band."
Fantastic big band CD!!!!!
J. R. Charles | Southeastern Wisconsin-United States | 12/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put.............this is fantastic! The band swings, plays powerfully and is driven by the terrific Ronnie Zito on drums and the incomparable Bill Chase on lead trumpet. The great Sal Nistico ( Tenor sax), Phil Wilson (trombone), Nat Pierce (piano) and Chuck Andrus (bass) ---- they're all here! Great writing too! Excellent sound from the remaster. I am SO GLAD this finally came out on CD!
My opinion---one of the best big band recordings ever made."