The Herdsmen & The Kentonians

These recording sessions have much in common with one another, and respond to the stir generated in Paris among French fans and record producers by the visits of two of the top American jazz orchestras during their European tours: Woody Herman in 1954 and Stan Kenton in 1956. Some of the best soloists in each band were engaged to record for the French labels Vogue, Swing and Club des Amateurs du Disque.

The Herdsmen recorded two 10” albums, with personnel changing from one session to the other. The sessions included trumpeter Dick Collins, bass-trumpeter Cy Touff, tenorists Bill Perkins, Dick Hafer, and Jerry Coker, bassist Red Kelly, drummer Chuck Flores, and pianist Ralph Burns —the featured performer for the band’s European tour. Joining them were leading local jazzmen, such as pianist Henri Renaud, guitarist Jimmy Gourley, bass player Jean-Marie Ingrand and drummer Jean-Louis...

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The Herdsmen & The Kentonians Albums

1 record