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Woody Herman and His Orchestra - 1940 (2002) [Swing, Big Band]; FLAC (image+.cue)

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Woody Herman and His Orchestra - 1940 (2002) [Swing, Big Band]; FLAC (image+.cue)

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Artist: Woody Herman and His Orchestra
Album: 1940
Genre: Swing, Big Band
Label: Classics
Released: 2002
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Tracklist:
  1. Give a Little Whistle (2:38)
  2. The Sky Fell Down (2:48)
  3. Peach Tree Street (3:18)
  4. Blue Prelude (3:17)
  5. Cousin to Chris (2:52)
  6. Blue Ink (2:56)
  7. Deep Night (3:00)
  8. Whistle Stop (2:54)
  9. Herman at the Sherman (Byfield Stomp) (3:04)
  10. Bessie's Blues (3:05)
  11. Music by the Moon (3:11)
  12. Jukin' (Ski Jump) (2:55)
  13. Get Your Boots Laced, Papa - Part 1 (2:32)
  14. Get Your Boots Laced, Papa - Part 2 (2:59)
  15. You Think of Ev'rything (3:10)
  16. Where Do I Go from You? (2:59)
  17. The End of the Rainbow (2:26)
  18. Mister Meadowlark (2:36)
  19. I'll Pray for You (2:43)
  20. I Wouldn't Take a Million (2:57)
  21. Looking for Yesterday (2:51)
  22. Rhumboogie (3:24)
  23. A Million Dreams Ago (2:43)
  24. Blues on Parade (3:01)

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The fifth in the Classics Woody Herman series has overall the strongest jazz set for the band up to that point. Other than a previously unreleased version of "Blues On Parade" from 1939, the music is all from February -- September 1940. While Herman has vocals on 13 of the 24 selections, quite a few of those tunes are jazz-oriented, including "Peach Tree Street," "Blue Prelude," "Bessie's Blues," and "Mister Meadowlark." In addition, this set has such hot instrumentals as "Blue Ink," "Whistle Stop," "Herman At The Sherman," "Jukin'," and the two-part "Get Your Boots Laced, Papa." The band lacked any major soloists (trumpeters Steady Nelson and Cappy Lewis, flugelhornist Joe Bishop and tenor-saxophonist Saxie Mansfield all avoided becoming household names) but had an appealing group sound and the soloists fare well. Herman, on clarinet, alto, and vocals, had good reason to be proud of this band even though during the Swing era it never quite reached the top level.
Review by Scott Yanow

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