A repackaging of the album Ex Herman
ites – originally issued with Bill Harris as a leader! On the set, trombonist Harris leads a quintet of "Ex Herman
ites" – that is, players who used to work, like Bill, in the group of Woody Herman
– and who are stepping out here on their own in a swinging batch of small group numbers! The origin of and setting for the players is no accident – as Herman
's group of the era was such a hotbed of musical activity that it was a key force in jazz for players getting together and trying out ideas of their own. Harris himself is a great guiding force on the set – blowing with a style that's fluidly soulful, and warmly spontaneous – accompanied by Terry Gibbs on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – the latter 3 of whom make one heck of a great rhythm section! Titles include "Everywhere", "Apple Honey", "Lemon Drop", "Early Autumn", "Blue Flame", and "Laura".
(Mono Premier pressing.)