Woody Herman: Opus de Funk


Opus De Funk


Woody Herman Orchestra


Road Band! (Membran/ Original Long Play 222972)

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Big band featuring soloists Nat Pierce (piano) Richie Kamuca (tenor sax), Cy Touff (bass trumpet), Woody Herman (clarinet), Dick Collins (trumpet)


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

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