Woody Herman: Four Brothers


Four Brothers


Woody Herman


Blowin' Up A Storm: The Columbia Years 1945-1947 (Columbia/Legacy C2K 65646)

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18-piece band featuring Woody Herman (clarinet), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Herbie Steward (tenor sax), Serge Chaloff (baritone sax), Don Lamond (drums)


Recorded: Los Angeles, December 27, 1947


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Long before Three Tenors meant an operatic trio of overweight males belching overblown arias in a stadium while the local ball team is away, this catchy saxophone round-robin popularized the signature 3-tenor lineup of Woody Herman's Second Herd. Although Herman's throwback clarinet is out of place, Jimmy Giuffre's unison writing is top-notch and Lamond's drumming is smashing. The sax section, though, is what makes "Four Brothers" unforgettable. Sims, Chaloff, Steward and Getz solo in that order, and on the coda it's Stan, Zoot, Herbie and Serge. Only in America could you find Four Brothers named Stan, Zoot, Herbie and Serge.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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