Woody Herman – Road Father 1978 direct to disc LP

A nice copy of Woody Herman's Road Father, released in 1978 as a direct-to-disc LP


Offered for sale is a copy of Woody Herman’s 1978 LP, Road Father, recorded direct to disc and released by Century Records.

As jazz artists go, singer, sax player and clarinet player Woody Herman tends to be overlooked.  That’s a shame, as a lot of his material was both musically interesting and just pleasant to hear.  This album from 1978, Road Father, is one of our favorites and is, in our opinion, an overlooked gem.  This limited edition LP was recorded direct to disc, bypassing a tape deck by recording live directly to the cutting lathe.  The result is a terrific LP that also sounds great.

AllMusic.com gave Road Father four stars:

Woody Herman’s big band recorded this direct-to-disc LP in early 1978. The well-rounded set includes remakes of Herman perennials (“Woodchopper’s Ball” and “I Got New for You”), more recent pieces (Charles Mingus’ “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” and Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”) and originals by Al Vizzutti, Bruce Johnstone and Alan Broadbent. Among the key soloists are trumpeter Vizzutti, tenor saxophonist Frank Tiberi (who also plays bassoon on “Pavane”), baritonist Johnstone and Joe Lovano (who takes a spot on tenor during “Isn’t She Lovely”), while bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jeff Hamilton keep the proceedings moving. Herman was certainly a masterful talent scout.

The copy offered for sale has a VG+ cover, as most copies do, and the disc is M- and appears to have had very little play.

A nice copy of an overlooked audiophile LP.

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