Great recording of an incredible organization at its peak. Other reviewers here have praised Bill Chase, Nat Pierce, and Jake Hanna, rightfully so. But let's also give a shout-out to Phil Wilson, whose solo on "It's a Lonesome Old Town" begins with one of the all-time greatest trombone licks and goes on from there, exploiting the instrument's resources like nobody's business. Just amazing.
And something indefinable must have been added by The Old Man too, because this is not merely a collection of great soloists. They really, really swing hard. Beautiful ensemble playing at all dynamic levels--and there are many--which gave this Herd the strength of an army.
I listened to this in my car on the way home from work yesterday, and by the time the CD got to "Sig Ep" (talk about Woody's knack for just the right tempo) I was dancing in my seat. Buy this, children, and you will learn some more of what a great band can do -- even if you've already had lessons from the Count and the Duke.