Jazz Icons: Woody Herman Live in '64
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Jazz Icons: Woody Herman features a blistering one-hour concert from 1964 showcasing one of the very hottest line-ups of the 'Swinging Herd,' including trumpeter Bill Chase, trombonist Phil Wilson and the amazing saxophonist Sal Nistico on the front line, as well as drummer Jake Hanna, bassist Chuck Andrus and pianist-arranger Nat Pierce in the rhythm section.
Woody and his band roar throughout the entire show which includes standards such as 'Lonesome Old Town' and 'After You ve Gone' as well as new originals including Charles Mingus's 'Better Git It In Your Soul.'
The release of the fourth installment of the Jazz Icons series now brings it up to 30 separate DVDs and over 40 hours of vintage jazz performances, making this the most comprehensive music DVD series of any genre. Reelin' In The Years who produced the Jazz Icons series are also responsible for the Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the British Invasion series (Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield, and Herman's Hermits.) As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.
Top Customer Reviews
The audio and video are both amazing considering this was recorded in 1964. The crew did an excellent job remastering this show.
The band is on fire -with fantastic arrangements,great solo players like Sal Nistico and Joe Romano on saxes,the incredible Phil Wilson on trombone, Paul Fontaine on trumpet and section works the is unsurpassed in most big bands.
Chuck Andrus (bass) Nat Pierce (piano) and Jake Hanna (drums)make up one of the best rhythm sections ever.
Add Bill Chase leading the trumpet section and you've got a true winner.
Many thanks to the team @ Jazz Icons for releasing such great jazz stuff!
I am thrilled that Jazz Icons did this so that we can relive this band, both audibly and now visually! Thanks! It is an iconic performance!
Several reviewers here have captured the excitement and overall quality of this performance, which is helped by wonderful camera work and surprisingly good sound. Its on my list of the very best big band dvd's available.
In late 1963 I was at Grinnell College in Iowa, where we had an annual Spring Day, never announced more than a few hours in advance. Classes were cancelled, picnics held and entertainment brought in. I'll never forget walking over to our outdoor theater and seeing Woody and the band sitting there. Their performance as the sun set was glorious. Very much like we see on this dvd. Probably about the same band. I had led a swing band in high school and in college had the pleasure of playing in one directed occasionally by Herbie Hancock, who attended Grinnell. So quite a thrill.
One feature of this recording is Sal Nistico. Buy it just for him.
The sad side of all this is what eventually happened to Woody. His trials with a cheating manager and the IRS, which forced him into late life bankruptcy. I keep thinking that if the media today promoted big band jazz it would have a great audience. Many thanks to the Canadian network that put this performance together.
Startlingly, Herman comes out like a dervish with zeal to spare, rallying his 12-man horn army (!) into a breakneck frenzy that never lets up. Pushing 50, he looks like he wants to push age over a cliff, laughing. It's as if he were saying, 'Oh, you want energy, how about this?!' Fast as Techno and far more dynamic, this music scorches from start to finish. His crack team perfectly melds Swing and Bebop, with generous spotlights given to each player, while Herman remains the soulful fun at the hurricane's heart. Pianist and arranger Ned Pierce drives a team and repertoire as finely drilled as a gemstone, with a fierce rhythm section at his side. And the cavalcade of impressive horn solos is beyond description.
Fans of Fred Wesley & Maceo Parker, Tower of Power, Fela, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, and Ozomotli should perk their ears here. Even the liner notes by veteran Steve Voce are as incisive and fun as the disc. Grab your breath and hold on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fine performance by one of the greatest jazz big-bands to ever swing!!!!!!Published 7 months ago by Jazz Man
Audio and video quality were wonderful, especially for that long ago.
Was disappointed that Bill Chase was not featured, even though he was advertised as being in the... Read more
It would have been 5 stars,but getting it from the US made it expensive,the handling charge set me back.,as for the music top classPublished on November 15, 2013 by Hafish