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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Get Your Boot’s Laced Papa!

Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120658



  1. The Golden Wedding
  2. Indian Boogie Woogie
  3. Big-Wig in the Wigwam
  4. Get Your Boots Laced Papa
  5. Five O’Clock Whistle
  6. Chips’ Boogie Woogie
  7. Everything Happens to Me
  8. South
  9. Fan It
  10. Misirlou
  11. Elise
  12. Yardbird Shuffle
  13. Amen
  14. Ten Day Furlough
  15. Ooch Ooch A Goon Attack
  16. I Dood It
  17. Four or Five Times
  18. Who Dat Up Dere?
  19. Jukin’

Woody Herman had everyone’s respect as a bandleader and he also enabled the careers of many of the music’s greatest soloists, to develop in his various bands or ‘herds’, as they were better known.

Woody could more than hold his own in any of his bands; he was an excellent saxophone and clarinet player as well as being a useful vocalist. He also had the kind of personality ideal for the role of bandleader,

This collection dates from 1938 to 1943 and whilst these were nice tight big bands, the real stamp of a Woody Herman outfit was yet to develop. There is some nice small band numbers from a quintet sounding a lot like Artie Shaw’s and a Dixie band sounding a lot like Bob Crosby’s.

In the 1938 to 1943 period of course this was ‘pop’ music, whereas the later Herman bands were out and out jazz big bands. This makes an enormous difference to the music played. The music on this record is pleasant and very well played and will appeal to fans of the dance band era. For me I spent a pleasant hour listening to it, but it does not bear comparison to the later ‘Four Brothers band’ with Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn and that was only in the Saxes!

Don Mather



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