From the beginning of his career as a bandleader, Woody Herman performed popular songs of the day, giving them the incomparable jazz inflections of his bands. In 1941, it might have been "Everything Happens to Me"; in 1946, "Laura"; in 1965, "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." In the Seventies, when the pop field yielded little musical gold, Herman and his arrangers dug out nuggets like Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" and Carole King's "Jazzman." Herman also kept his ear on the work of rising young jazz composers. It took him little time after Chick Corea wrote and recorded "Spain" to assign his arranger Gary Anderson to adapt the piece for the Herman Herd. "Spain" became a kind of anthem for the band, a highlight of its live performances and one of its most requested numbers. This 1975 edition of the Herd included two remarkable soloists: trombonist Jim Pugh, and the flutist and tenor saxophonist Gregory Herbert.
with Gary Anderson, Jeff Brillinger, Bill Byrne, Dennis Dotson, Nelson Hatt, Gregory Herbert, Andy Laverne, Dale Kirkland, Kenneth Nash, John Oslawski, Ron Paley, Tom Porrello, Buddy Powers, Jim Pugh, Dave Stahl, Frank Tiberi, Vaughn Wiester