Woody Herman


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Woody Herman deserved great credit for encouraging his younger musicians to write for his big band and for including new material in his repertoire, but sometimes one was justified in wondering about his judgment. Alan Broadbent's lengthy reworking of "Blues in the Night" is worthwhile and the version of "A Time for Love" heard on this LP features the brilliant young flugelhornist Tom Harrell (Herman was always a gifted talent scout). However the other four poppish songs are rather weak and two have embarrassingly bad lyrics that Herman sings, greatly weakening the album. Not one of the classic Woody Herman records.

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