Woody Herman – Thundering Herd

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Of all the big-band leaders of the swing era, Woody Herman went the most out of his way to interpret current material and keep his orchestra young, enthusiastic, and modern. For this Fantasy date, Herman’s band not only plays two John Coltrane songs, but material from Frank Zappa (“America Drinks and Goes Home”), Stanley Clarke (“Bass Folk Song”), and even Carole King (“Corazon”). This is one of Herman’s most successful efforts of the period, for the arrangements (by Alan Broadbent, Bill Stapleton, and Tony Klatka) are inventive and generally swinging, with such soloists as Frank Tiberi on tenor, flügelhornist Klatka, and electric keyboardist Andy Laverne keeping the music continually interesting. “Blues for Poland,” “Lazy Bird,” and the Zappa piece are high points (Scott Yanow/AllMusic).



Track listing:

Lazy Bird
Written-By – John Coltrane
A2 Blues For Poland
Written-By – Tony Klatka
A3 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Lyrics By – Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
Written-By – Michel Legrand
A4 America Drinks And Goes Home
Written-By – Frank Zappa
B1 Naima
Written-By – John Coltrane
B2 Corazon
Written-By – Carole King
B3 Come Saturday Morning
Written-By – Fred Carlin*
B4 Bass Folk Song
Written-By – Stanley Clarke

Arranged By – Alan Broadbent (tracks: A3, A4, B3), Bill Stapleton (tracks: A1, B2), Tony Klatka (tracks: B2, A1, A4)
Bass – Chip Jackson
Bassoon – Frank Tiberi
Clarinet – Frank Tiberi
Congas – Richard Dollarhide (tracks: B2, B4)
Drums – Ron Davis
Electric Piano – Andy Laverne
Flugelhorn – Bill Stapleton, Buddy Powers, Dave Stahl, Tony Klatka
Flute – Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson, Greg Herbert*
Percussion – John Rae*
Piccolo Flute – Greg Herbert
Saxophone – Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson, Greg Herbert*, Jan Konopasek*, Woody Herman
Trombone – Harold Garrett, Jim Pugh, Steve Kohlbacher
Trumpet – Bill Byrne


Label: Fantasy – LFP-88187
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Japan
Released: 1974
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul