One of the greatest big band leaders in the history of jazz, Woody Herman knew well that the best way to capture the sheer power and electrifying energy of his big band - and draw out the most inspired recorded performances - was to record it live, in front of an audience. That's exactly what he did in these two Woody Herman Big Band Concord Jazz classics, recorded just a year apart from each other. Disc One of this 2-CD set - Live at the Concord Jazz Festival - swings into high gear from the first phrase of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Featuring special guests Al Cohn and Stan Getz, Herman himself had said of this magical recording, "This is the best sounding big band album that I have been associated with in forty-six years." Disc Two - World Class - finds Herman taking his well-oiled swing machine to Japan, with special guest tenor saxophonists Al Cohn, Med Flory, Sal Nistico and Flip Phillips stoking the fire with their distinctive brand of undiluted and unadulterated mainstream swing. Wrote San Francisco Examiner jazz critic Phil Elwood of this ageless recording, "The blue flame never shown any brighter than in these grooves." Whether performing live in the east, or the west (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) Woody Herman never failed to deliver to his audience the most scintillating and exhilarating big band sounds, as these two timeless recordings clearly attest.