Reference: FSRCD 752
In 1962, at the height of the bossa nova craze, flautist Herbie Mann went back to the source and connected the real thing with jazz by recording in Rio de Janeiro with some of the best local practitioners and adapting with ease to a broad spectrum of Brazilian groups. Sergio Mendes hard-swinging band is heard on tunes like Menina Feia, Batida Diferente or Blues Walk, with Mendes, Pedro Paulo and Paulo Moura impressively jazz-aware on piano, trumpet and alto respectively.
Elsewhere, Antonio Carlos Jobim is coolly intriguing, singing and scatting on his own One Note Samba. He also plays piano and provides the string settings on this and the charming, rich melodies of Amor Em Paz and Insensatez. Baden Powells distinctive guitar features in three black-influenced compositions, Nana, Deve Ser Amor, and Consolaçao, nice songs almost with a blues feeling, Mann pointed out. On Voce E Eu, Manns flute is backed by the Bossa Tres, another trio with a jazz approach led by the talented pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas. And Bossa Velhaa number Mann conceived for the occasion is a 17-piece percussion group recruited from the Escola de Samba. The results remain a delightful vindication of Manns decision.
01. Menina Feia (Castro Neves) 5:30
02. Blues Walk (Brown) 4:06
03. Batida Diferente (Durval-Einhorn) 5:12
04. Groovy Samba (Mendes) 5:06
05. Influenza do Jazz (Lyra) 5:38
06. Insensatez (Jobim) 3:04
07. Amor em Paz (Jobim-de Moraes) 2:36
08. One Note Samba (Jobim-Mendonça) 3:20
09. Nana (Powell) 3:59
10. Deve Ser Amor (Powell-de Moraes) 4:19
11. Consolaçao (Powell) 4:26
12. Voce E Eu (Lyra-de Moraes) 4:21
13. Bossa Velha (Mann) 4:23
From the Atlantic albums:
"Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann" (SD 1397)
"Latin Fever" (SD 1422)
Personnel on tracks #1-5:
Herbie Mann with Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio
Herbie Mann, flute; Pedro Paulo, trumpet; Paulo Moura, alto sax; Durval Ferreira, guitar; Sergio Mendes, piano; Otavio Bailly Jr., bass; Dom Um Romao, drums.
Personnel on tracks #6-8:
Herbie Mann & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Herbie Mann, flute & alto flute; Antonio Carlos Jobim, piano & vocals (#8); Baden Powell, guitar; string section.
Personnel on tracks #9-11:
Herbie Mann & Baden Powell
Herbie Mann, flute & alto flute; Baden Powell, guitar; Gabriel, bass; Juquinha or Papao (on #10), drums.
Personnel on track #12:
Herbie Mann & Bossa Tres
Herbie Mann, flute; Luis Carlos Vinhas, piano; Sebastian Neto, bass; Edison Machado, drums.
Personnel on track #13:
Herbie Mann with Zezinho e sua Escola de Samba
Herbie Mann, flute; accompanied by a 17-piece percussion group
All tracks recorded in Rio de Janeiro, October 15, 16 & 17, 1962
Original recordings supervised by Nesuhi Ertegun
Recording engineer: Umberto
Original cover designs: Loring Eutemey
Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Notes on "Dot the Bossa Nova":
"Rather than play a watered-down version of bossa nova in New York studios (which was becoming quite common as the bossa nova fad hit its peak in 1962), flutist Herbie Mann went down to Brazil and recorded with some of the top players of the style. Guitarist Baden Powell and the group of then-unknown pianist Sergio Mendes, which included drummer Dom Um Romao, formed the nucleus for this generally delightful album. Antonio Carlos Jobim himself dropped by to sing two of his compositions, including "One Note Samba," and even on the token jazz standard "Blues Walk," the music is as much Brazilian as it is jazz. This "fusion" works quite well."
Scott Yanow -All Music guide