DVD: Woody Herman

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Herman '64 DVD.jpgWoody Herman, Live in ’64 (Jazz Icons). This captures Herman on British television long after he stopped naming or numbering his Herds. It was one his most exciting bands, driven by drummer Jake Hanna and bassist Chuck Andrus. Upstate New York terrors Joe Romano and Sal Nistico are fascinating in their contrasting tenor sax styles. Two underrated trumpet soloists, Paul Fontaine and Billy Hunt, stand out, as does trombonist Phil Wilson, a master of high-note eloquence. But it’s the tout ensemble that grabs you. Woody is charming in his set-piece introductions. BBC sound and video quality are good.

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