Woody Herman: Apple Honey
Blowin' Up A Storm: The Columbia Years 1945-1947 (Columbia/Legacy C2K 65646)
Woody Herman (clarinet), Sonny Berman (trumpet), Pete Candoli (trumpet), Bill Harris (trombone), Sam Marowitz (alto sax, clarinet), John LaPorta (alto sax, clarinet), Flip Phillips (tenor sax), Marjorie Hyams (vibes), Dave Tough (drums), Billy Bauer (guitar),
Charles Frankhauser, Ray Wetzel, Carl Warwick (trumpet); Ralph Pfeffner, Ed Kiefer (trombone); Pete Mondello (tenor sax), Skippy DeSair (baritone sax), Ralph Burns (piano), Chubby Jackson (bass).
Composed by Woody Herman. Arranged by Ralph Burns.
Recorded: New York, February 19, 1945
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
In the mid-1940s, Woody Herman's fire-breathing Thundering Herd was the most exciting big band in jazz. Sparked by the rhythmic high-jinks of Jackson & Tough, the Herd's boisterous "Apple Honey" serves up tasty bites from Flip Phillips's Ben Webster-style tenor, Norvo's vibes and Herman's clarinet. But the core soloist is the decade's most rambunctiously distinctive trombonist. Bill Harris could rustle up a stampede in a mortuary. Woody's rip-roaring ensemble is capped by a spectacular trumpet section led by high-note phenom "Superman" Pete Candoli. If this track doesn't leave you dazed, blinking and gulping for breath, then please report to the mortuary.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz