The Band That Plays the Blues: 1937-1941

The Band That Plays the Blues: 1937-1941

by Woody HermanWoody Herman


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True to its word, this bargain-priced survey of Woody Herman's first band is right on message; all but three of the 18 tracks have "blues" or "blue" in the title. As such, it succeeds in surveying that aspect of the Herman band from early sessions in 1937 to September 1941 on the eve of the AF of M recording ban. Among the rarer treats here is the unusual "Calliope Blues," with its radical (for the time) use of a flute choir. On the last session covered here, the band made a famous cover version of Harold Arlen's standard-to-be "Blues in the Night," and you can hear the composer chime in as he answers Herman's lead vocal. Typically, Naxos scrambles the chronological order of the survey, but any sure-fingered listener can correct that by using the programming control. In one seamless sleight-of-hand editing feat, "Blues Upstairs" and "Blues Downstairs" -- the A and B sides of a Decca 78 -- are joined together without a pause; even the cymbal crash that ends "Upstairs" carries over into the piano intro of "Downstairs." Furthermore, Naxos' transfers, although somewhat subdued, are closer to the original 78s in sound than Decca/GRP's brash, NoNoised versions of some of these tracks on the 1991 CD Blues on Parade (even though, in a few cases, Decca had access to better sources). And Naxos has corrected the pitch of the original 78s that were faulty, which Decca did not do in its transfers -- one more pertinent reason to pick up this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2001
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943252727
catalogNumber: 8120527

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Herman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Horace Diaz   Piano
Harold Arlen   Vocals
Nick Caiazza   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Carlson   Drums
Joseph Estren   Alto Saxophone
Mickey Folus   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Cappy Lewis   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
John Owens   Trumpet
Jerry Rosa   Trombone
Sam Rubinwich   Alto Saxophone
Tobee Tyler   Trombone
Hy White   Guitar
Clarence Willard   Trumpet
Walter Yoder   Bass
Jimmy Horvath   Alto Saxophone
Woody Herman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Joe Bishop   Flugelhorn
Murray Williams   Alto Saxophone
Don Watt   Alto Saxophone
Malcolm Crain   Trumpet
Pete Johns   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Linehan   Piano
Steady Nelson   Trumpet,Vocals
Bud Smith   Trombone
Bob Price   Trumpet
Ray Hopfner   Alto Saxophone
Saxie Mansfield   Tenor Saxophone
Neal Reid   Trombone
Jack Ferrier   Alto Saxophone
Nick Hupfer   Violin
Eddie Scalzi   Alto Saxophone
Herb Tompkins   Alto Saxophone
Vic Hamann   Trombone
Chick Reeves   Guitar
Kermit Simmons   Trumpet
Bruce Wilkins   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Denton   Alto Saxophone
Sunny Skylar   Vocals
Oliver Matthewson   Guitar
Sammy Armato   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Georgia White   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
David Lennick   Producer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Margaret Bonds   Composer
Lloyd Garrett   Composer
Hart A. Wand   Composer
Jimmy Noble   Composer

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