Woody Herman

My Kind of Broadway

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Herman's Swinging Herd of the '60s was so successful they were signed up by their old label, Columbia. Their first CBS release (which, like the others, has yet to be reissued on CD) features jazz interpretations of a dozen songs that debuted in Broadway shows. There are some fine solos and the arrangements try hard but some of the selections (such as "Who Can I Turn To?," "My Favorite Things" and "The Sound of Music") sound out of context in this setting. Nice music but not too essential.

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