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Two complete radio broadcasts from when the Herman Herd had Flip Phillips, Bill Harris, Red Norvo, and Shorty Rogers all in the lineup. The first show comes from the Casino Gardens in Los Angeles and catches the First Herd in rare form on "Northwest Passage," "Apple Honey," and "The Man I Love." The second and third broadcasts are taken from Chicago's Aragon Ballroom and find the band romping on "Lover" and Sonny Berman's "They Went That Away." Transfers are decent and the liner notes are informative. One of Woody's best bands, caught in full flight.


Born: May 16, 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 his older hits (he played "Four Brothers" and "Early Autumn" nightly for nearly 40 years),...
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