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Herman, Woody – Songs for Hip Lovers – Used LP
Herman, Woody – Songs for Hip Lovers – Used LP
Herman, Woody – Songs for Hip Lovers – Used LP
Verve Records

Herman, Woody – Songs for Hip Lovers – Used LP

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vinyl: VG+
sleeve: VG

Woody sings!  1957.  We don't list too many things like this on the Green Noise website, but it's pretty charming (and the vinyl in in nice shape for a 1957 pressing), backed with a small swinging combo, acoustic piano, electric guitar, bass, drum, trumpet, sax, and maybe clarinet.  The vocals remain in the spotlight and instruments are mostly used to echo the sentiments of the vocals, but the conversation is clearly multidirectional, the band pushing the rhythm and fueling Woody's vocal delivery.  It's all laid-back as the sleeve art suggests, but it's also swinging, swinging like a hammock in your bachelor pad.  This seems like it would be for fans of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. 

(The photos of the horn players are not part of the sleeve, but they should've been) 

AllMusic Review by 

Woody Herman left his clarinet and alto sax behind for this all vocal release. Herman is a swinging, friendly singer heard doing such time-tested standards as the humorous "Makin' Whoopee," a more upbeat than typical "Willow Weep For Me," and "I Won't Dance." The musicians from each of the two sessions provide strong accompaniment: "Sweets" Edison, Charlie Shavers, and Ben Webster are outstanding and Marty Paich's arrangements fit Herman's style rather well. Although not an essential CD for everyone, this is a fun session that shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.


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