Three editions of Woody Herman's 1970s Herd contribute to this collection, which is programmed to provide a sampling of the music the band was into at the time. There are compositions by young jazz stars Charles Lloyd ("Sombrero Sam") and Chuck Mangione ("Echano"), a homegrown item in flugelhornist Tony Klatka's "Evergreen," some of the better contemporary pop hits ("Killing Me Softly," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") and the Broadway gem "Brotherhood of Man." Of special interest is the title track, which showcases Herman's gorgeous, underrated alto saxophone. While the use of electric piano and Latin percussion confirm Herman's effort to keep abreast of the times, the presence of such strong personalities as Greg Herbert, Gary Anderson, and Andy Laverne (not to mention the leader and straw boss Frank Tiberi) guaranteed that the jazz of this Herd, like all the others, was uncompromising.
with Dave Stahl, Bill Byrne, Jim Pugh, Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson, Greg Herbert, Andy Laverne, Jeff Brillinger, Bill Stapleton, Joe Beck, Wayne Darling, Ed Soph, Ray Barretto, Tony Klatka, Jan Konopasek, Chip Jackson, and others