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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    These programs from 1945 also featured performances by Barney Bigard, the Nat Cole Trio, Rose Murphy, Betty Roche and the always welcome (in my book, at least) Jimmy Durante.
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    From 1965, with James Moody, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Candy Finch.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    ! now playing -- According to the liner notes written by Woody Herman's #1 fan, Dr. Herb Wong, the music heard here was recorded at a concert which did not begin until 3:30 AM following an extended Sonny Rollins set which included 3 encores (part of that set was released as the album The Cutting Edge, but why oh why hasn't all of the music from that set been reissued in an expanded version by now?). AMG says this album is "for Herman completists only", but I would disagree. The band sounds lively, tight and swinging and there is a good variety of material presented.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Thanks to Ted O'Reilly for recording this music.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Cover art by Robert Crumb, who also played mandolin and banjo with the group on some tracks in this compilation.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Teddy Wilson sextet heard here had the superb lineup of Emmett Berry, Benny Morton, Edmond Hall, Sid Catlett and probably Johnny Williams on bass. According to the liner notes, Buck Clayton had been drafted just shortly before this session by the Basie band was recorded in late Nov. - early Dec. 1943 and he was replaced by Joe Newman. Also, Don Byas had recently been fired by Count Basie after he pulled a gun on some one at the Hotel Lincoln where the band was playing, thus making room for the return of Lester Young, who is heard here. Audio is kind of scratchy as these shows are taken from original transcription discs, but it's a fun listen.,