In 1957, flutist Herbie Mann claimed the bass clarinet as his most suitable second horn (#1-7). This fine, low-pressure collection is a showcase for Manns playing, but not at the expense of the other musicians. According to annotator Orrin Keepnews, this session consisted of relaxed, spirited, and free-wheeling blowing. The spirit is maintained without shoving decibels into the breach. And there are enough solos to go around.
Jack Sheldon plays with great authority. Rowles performs in supporting and solo roles with equal proficiency. Lewis and Clark service the horns with steady flow of rhythmic drive. On bass clarinet, as on the flute (#8-11), Herbie Mann here revealed himself to be a very consistent jazzman.
01. The Theme (Miles Davis) 6:42
02. Lady Bird (Tadd Dameron) 8:56
03. Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter) 5:36
04. Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (Lerner-Caesar-Marks) 5:31
05. A Handful Of Stars (Lawrence-SHapiro) 7:30
06. A Stella Performance (Herbie Mann) 8:44
07. A Sad Thing (Herbie Mann) 5:03
08. St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) 4:00
09. Let's Dance (Skinner) 2:22
10. Tenderly (Gross-Lawrence) 4:00
11. Strike Up The Band (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:05
Tracks #1-6, from the 12" album "Great Ideas of Western Mann" (Riverside RLP 12-245)
Later reissued as "Herbie Mann Quintet Featuring Jack Sheldon" (Jazzland JLP-5)
Track #7 taken from the 12" compilation "Blues for Tomorrow" (Riverside RLP 12-243)
TRacks #8-11, from the 12" album "The Magic Flute of Herbie Mann" (Verve MGV-8427)
Personnel on #1-7:
Jack Sheldon (tp), Herbie Mann (b-cl), Jimmy Rowles (p), Buddy Clark (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, July 3, 1957
Personnel on #8-11:
Herbie Mann (fl), Jimmy Rowles (p), Buddy Clark (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, August 10, 1957
Liner notes by Orrin Keepnews & Jordi Pujol
Original recordings supervised by Herbie Mann (1-7), and Norman Granz (8-11)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
Note: 'A Sad Thing' was recorded in Hollywood during the "Great Ideas of Western Mann" session, but it would be released in a Riverside compilation titled "Blues for Tomorrow." You will find here, gathered for the first time, the complete session with Herbie Mann on bass clarinet. The last four tracks were recorded shortly later for Verve Records, with the same rhythm section, this time with Herbie Mann on flute.