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Mosaic Select: Woody Herman

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Woody Herman was dedicated to keeping his big band going and was focused more on music that satisfied him than focusing on making hits. Most of the selections in this three-CD set came from an overlooked period in the clarinetist's career, his early 1960s tenure on the Phillips label. At this point, Herman had recently welcomed new arrivals like trumpeter Bill Chase, tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, and trombonist Phil Wilson, while still talented veterans like pianist Nat Pierce, tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins, and drummer Jake Hanna. Culled from six separate albums plus a 45 pm single, the Herman band may not reach the heights of earlier groups for some fans, but they are clearly a force to be reckoned with. Among the highlights are Pierce's sauntering arrangement of Joe Newman's "Mo-Lasses," the playful "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" that also interpolates Duke Ellington's "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," Chase's lush interpretation of the pop song "A Taste of Honey," a frisky take of Charles Mingus' "Better Get It in Your Soul," return visits to old favorites like "Bijou" and "Apple Honey," plus "You Dirty Dog," a recent composition by Ellington for his small group record date with Coleman Hawkins. This is an excellent survey of music that deserves to be remembered. ~ Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mo-Lasses
  2. Blues for J.P.
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  4. Tunin' In
  5. Sister Sadie
  6. Sig EP
  7. It's a Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)
  8. Camel Walk
  9. Moon River
  10. Hallelujah Time
  11. Deep Purple
  12. Jazz Hoot
  13. A Taste of Honey
  14. Satin Doll
  15. After You've Gone
  16. The Strut
  17. My Wish
  18. Cousins

Disc: 2

  1. That's Where It Is
  2. Watermelon Man
  3. Body and Soul
  4. Better Get It in Your Soul
  5. Jazz Me Blues
  6. El Toro Grande
  7. Days of Wine and Roses
  8. Caldonia
  9. Wailin' in the Woodshed
  10. The Good Earth
  11. Sidewalks of Cuba
  12. I Can't Get Started
  13. Bijou
  14. Apple Honey

Disc: 3

  1. The Good Life
  2. Bedroom Eyes
  3. The Things We Said Today
  4. Just Squeeze Me
  5. What Kind of Fool Am I?
  6. Dr. Wong's Bag
  7. Everybody Loves Somebody
  8. Wa-Wa Blues
  9. Dear John C
  10. Blue Monk
  11. You Dirty Dog
  12. Pour House Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Mosaic Select
  • ASIN: B0011FMIRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Renzi on April 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the motherload for fans of Woody's early- to mid-`60s band. Some rate this his greatest Herd ever, and it may be. The band is on fire, and here at last is its entire oeuvre for the Philips lablel. Great soloists (Sal Nistico, Phil Wilson, Nat Pierce) and ensemble playing, plus Jake Hanna and Chuck Andrus holding it all together. What's disturbing is the Amazon list price for a new copy. $83.00? Are you serious? I guess the preposterous price is a result of its import status, in which case Connecticut, home to Mosaic Records, the distributor of this three-disc collection, must have left the union when I wasn't looking. By all means get this if you're a Herman fan, but do yourself a favor and buy it directly from Mosaic Records for $44 brand new.
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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.
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This is all you need from the Phillips years. I had most of the original albums in not the greatest shape. The sound quality is excellent, better than my L.P.'s. The music swings. Good information. All in all, a worthy addition to your Woody library.
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This is a wonderful job done by both the great early 60's Woody Herman Band as well as the engineers. It is really great to be able to hear this fantastic band this way. You can hear everything, and I mean everything that the band is playing. Of course, those of you who know just how fantastic a big band this was know that we would get bits and pieces of these recordings from time to time but never all of them "in the same barrel". Here's your chance. Don't wait too long, I'm sure that this will be sold out pretty soon. It comes with all of the original liner notes as well as an update by the producer of these Philips records, Jack Tracy. Buy it-you won't regret it. It is less expensive by going direct to Mosaic Records by the way.
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