Woddy Herman '58 - Featuring The Preacher
Woody Herman (cl, as & leader), John Coppola (tp, arr), Danny Stiles, Bill Berry (tp), Willie Dennis, Bill Harris (tb), Jimmy Cook, Jay Migliori (ts), Roger Pemberton (bs), John Bunch (p, arr), Jimmy Gannon (b), Don Michaels (d)
The complete Woody Herman LP Woody Herman 58 appears here on CD for the very first time. An outstanding big band album that was actually recorded in 1957, it presents compositions and arrangements by Gene Roland, Tadd Dameron, Bill Holman, Nat Pierce and John Bunch. Among the herd's stars are trombonist Bill Harris, trumpeter Danny Stiles, tenor saxophonist Jay Migliori and the magic of Woody Herman, the leader, on clarinet and occasionally alto saxophone.
Woody Hermans first band became known for its orchestrations of the blues and was sometimes billed as The Band That Plays the Blues. This album was recorded after the Third Herd had disbanded and before The Thundering Herd began in 1959.
01. THE PREACHER (5:21)
02. WHY YOU (4:52)
03. BLUE SATIN (4:26)
04. BAR FLY BLUES (3:43)
05. WAILIN IN THE WOODSHED (3:21)
06. ROLANDS ROLLIN (3:46)
07. STAIRWAY TO THE BLUES (5:05)
08. TRY TO FORGET (5:29)
09. DOWNWIND (3:18)
10. READY, GET SET, JUMP (6:35)
11. SMALL CREVICE (SLIGHTLY GROOVY) (2:27)
12. GENES STRUT (2:34)
Total time: 51:01 min.
Originally issued in LP as Verve MGV 8255.
Personnel: Woody Herman (cl, as & leader), John Coppola (tp, arr), Danny Stiles, Bill Castagnino, Andy Peele, Bill Berry (tp), Willie Dennis, Bill Harris, Bob Lamb (tb), Bob Newman, Jimmy Cook, Jay Migliori (ts), Roger Pemberton (bs), John Bunch (p, arr), Jimmy Gannon (b) and Don Michaels (d). Arrangements by Nat Pierce, Gene Roland, Tadd Dameron, Bill Holman.