Woody Herman, one of the great talent spotters in jazz, was on a perpetual search for the best young musicians. From the early 1940s to the late 1980s, he found hundreds of talented players to populate the renewable jazz resource known as the Herman Herd. However young the musicians, though, none was a fresher or more daring musical thinker than the leader they called The Old Man even when he was young. Very early one morning in 1974, the Thundering Herd lived up to its name at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The excitement and exuberance of youth and the wisdom of The Old Man combined for a memorable performance. The repertoire includes a couple of pop hits converted to jazzability, a fanfare by Aaron Copland, and Broadbent's arrangment of a Bill Mays samba. Lead trumpeter Dave Stahl is stunning with the power of his playing on "Superstar." The gifted tenor saxophonist Gregory Herbert is featured in a moving solo on Broadbent's tribute to Duke Ellington, "Tantum Ergo."
with Dave Stahl, Nelson Hatt, Buddy Powers, Gary Pack, Bill Byrne, Jim Pugh, Dale Kirkland, Art Linsner, Frank Tiberi, Gary Anderson, Greg Herbert, Jan Konopasek, Andy Laverne, Chip Jackson, Jeff Brillinger