Thanks, Woody Herman

Posted By on September 14, 2009


This set includes period liner notes by Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather and Willis Conover.

These Woody Herman recordings from the early to mid-’60s boast modernist arrangements, spectacular solos and a judicious selection of pop covers. These roaring, democratic dates suggest that Herman was a thoughtful sort capable of switching between incendiary soloing and giving his great players plenty of solo room themselves. The Mosaic Select box resurrects three albums from the long out-of-print Mercury and Smash catalog, including a live date from 1964. Big-band jazz is one of the nichiest areas in jazz, a niche genre of its own. This box attests to a period when jazz still had affinities with pop; the mid-’60s, after all, was one of the richest periods ever when it came to musical fermentation. This music—not avant-garde but intriguingly experimental and often daring—had wide appeal then and should have wide appeal now. Get it before it disappears again: Mosaic made only 5,000 of these.

Woody Herman (Mosaic Select)
Woody Herman (Artist)
Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
Original Release Date: January 29, 2008
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Mosaic Select
List price: $83.99

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One Response to “Thanks, Woody Herman”

  1. AlexAxe says:

    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

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