Woody Herman, “Four Brothers”

The song features four saxes (three tenors and one baritone) in an arrangement that gives each “brother” a solo and culminates in a hard-swinging sax section chorus.
The song so typifies the sound of Woody Herman’s second “Herd” that the band is also known as the Four Brothers Band. The title also refers to the four musicians that played in the original version: Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, and Serge Chaloff. All four played in a light-vibrato style that was originated by Lester Young of the Count Basie Orchestra and popularized by Stan Getz.

In this rendition we have from the far left; Gary Anderson, then Frank Tiberi. The baritone player might be John Oslawski. Still lookin’ to figure out the third tenor player.

1075 take of the Four Brothers quartet.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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3 Responses to Woody Herman, “Four Brothers”

  1. the bari sax player is John Oslawski with Woody’s band. TY

  2. Patrick says:

    Your video was deleted. But I remember a show on PBS with Herman’s band, at Adventureland Park (?) in 1974. I recorded it on cassette. I think the other sax player was Sal Spicola. I didn’t know (at the time), that John Oslawski, was the same John Laws, from Buddy Rich’s band.

  3. Hi Patrick,
    When John played with Buddy’s Band he went by the name of John Laws. Later on he kept his original name in Woody’s Band. He would joke and say Woody’s half Polish and got a kick out of John being 100% Polish! 😀 I guess the joke was between them. Thank You for posting as I know the video was removed awhile ago.

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