Woody Herman: Columbia Years - JazzWax

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December 09, 2009


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Michael Steinman

Don't forget Dave Tough's work pre-Lamond! His sounds, his tempos, his drive . . . the musicians used to leave the stand when a set was through and make a point of stopping by his drums and thanking him. As well they -- and we -- should!

John P. Cooper

Some great alternates on this set! Sadly, the 2 takes of LAURA are very similar! :(

So - who *were* The Blue Flames? They have a great sound - 3 men and 1 woman, it sounds like.


Good review, but Woody a "lesser-known" clarinetist between 1936-1942? Man, you must be crazy! His 1939 record of Woodchopper's Ball sold MILLIONS! Blues in the Night was a big hit in 1941. Woody's band was voted the #3 swing band in 1940, behind Goodman's, and Shaw's, which was quite an accomplishment. HIS clarinet playing really shines on the early Decca records, too. Go back and listen to them, if you don't believe me.

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