Woody Herman: Opus de Funk
Opus De Funk
Woody Herman Orchestra
Road Band! (Membran/ Original Long Play 222972)
Composed by Horace Sliver.
Recorded: New York, June 6 and 7, 1955
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This mid-1950s version of Woody Herman’s big band was known as the Third Herd and featured a number of fine improvisers as well as arrangements by such top writers as Ralph Burns, Bill Holman and Nat Pierce. Pierce’s arrangement of Horace Silver’s catchy blues tune “Opus De Funk” features several excellent solos, including one by Cy Touff on the rarely heard bass trumpet and one by Lestorian tenorist Richie Kamuca that begins with a memorable, perfectly timed two-bar break.
Reviewer: David Franklin