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The first of two CDs recorded during a 1957 concert in Miami by Woody Herman is a bit of mixed bag. Though Herman's band swings mightily, the performance was recorded with just one microphone, so the balance between instruments is inconsistent at times and the soloists are often not clearly audible. But the brass and reed sections are always distinct in the ensemble passages of band favorites like "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Apple Honey," though the set includes newer material such as Horace Silver's "Opus de Funk" and Manny Albam's "Captain Ahab." The solos by trombonist Bill Harris, who had returned to the band the previous year, and newcomer Victor Feldman on vibes are among the highlights, though none of the remaining personnel, aside from the leader, is identified. This is a good, though hardly essential, recording by Woody Herman.


Born: 16 May 1913 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

A fine swing clarinetist, an altoist whose sound was influenced by Johnny Hodges, a good soprano saxophonist, and a spirited blues vocalist, Woody Herman's greatest significance to jazz was as the leader of a long line of big bands. He always encouraged young talent and, more than practically any bandleader from the swing era, kept his repertoire quite modern. Although Herman was always stuck performing a few of...
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