Woody Herman and His Orchestra
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Woody Herman led many big bands throughout his career. Some biographies give very little space to his earliest groups and start out with the First Herd of 1944-46, but Herman was a bandleader as early as 1936. This CD actually starts out with a few Herman appearances with Isham Jones during March 1936. The full orchestra performs "Stompin' At The Savoy" and then "Isham Jones' Juniors" (an octet taken from the big band) performs six numbers, four of which include Herman vocals. Virginia Verrell sings a spirited "Slappin' The Bass" and the only instrumental is "Nola" but the best number (and one that would reappear with Herman in the future) is "Fan It." By Nov. 1936 the clarinetist-altoist was leading his own big band, one that also included five other musicians from Isham Jones' orchestra which had broken up a few months earlier. Few listeners probably know that the very first Herman big band mostly featured his ballad vocalizing; "Woodchoppers Ball" would not change the orchestra's direction until 1939. Only one song among the 16 selections by Woody Herman's orchestra is an instrumental ("Mr. Ghost Goes To Town"). The leader' singing ranges from insipid and romantic to (in a few cases) swinging; best are "Doctor Jazz," "Trouble In Mind" and "It Happened Down In Dixieland." But this set is strictly for completists and Woody Herman collectors who are curious to know how he started out.
Top Albums and Songs by Woody Herman and His Orchestra
||At the Woodchopper's Ball||Vintage Lounge||3:18||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Golden Wedding (Remastered)||The Golden Wedding (Remastered) - Single||3:10||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Golden Wedding||Big Band Classics||3:11||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||At the Woodchopper's Ball||The Classic Swing Collection||3:13||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Golden Wedding||Beat Crazy - The Drummer Boys||3:10||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Four Brothers||Blowin' Up a Storm - The Columbia Years (1945-1947)||3:15||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar||The Classic Swing Collection||3:08||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Golden Wedding||Hall Of Fame Volume 4 (Glenn Miller, Andrew Sisters, Swing Big Band & Louis Armstrong)||3:18||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Santa Claus Is Coming to Town||The Big Band Swing Christmas||2:41||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Woodchopper's Ball||The Best of the 1930's||3:21||$1.69||View In iTunes|