The late Ralph J. Gleason, who was Woody Herman's biggest booster, was convinced that the Herman band was ready for and deserving of a much broader audience. Although his Fantasy debut LP (with Mike Bloomfield) was somewhat unconventional, Woody thereafter recorded only with his working group.
The band on this 1973 album is one of the greatest of the later Herman "Herds." With hard-hitting arrangements of material by such composers as Chick Corea, Thad Jones, Eddie Harris, and Leon Russell, Giant Steps won the Herman Herd many new fans and a Grammy Award.
with Larry Pyatt, Gil Rathel, Walt Blanton, Bill Byrne, Bill Stapleton, Jim Pugh, Geoff Sharp, Harold Garrett, Greg Herbert, Frank Tiberi, Steve Lederer, Harry Kleintank, Andy Laverne, Joe Beck, Wayne Darling, Ed Soph, Ray Barretto