African Suite + Flute, Brass, Vibes and Percussion (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • V6-8392 V6-8392
  • UAS 5042 UAS 5042
  • Herbie Mann Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann

African Suite + Flute, Brass, Vibes and Percussion (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Herbie Mann (fl, b-cl), Johnny Rae (vib), Bob Corwin (p), Nabil 'Knobby' Totah (b), Philly Joe Jones, Rudy Collins (d), Ray Barretto, Carlos Patato Valdés, Victor Pantoja, Ray Mantilla, Jose Mangual (perc), Doc Cheatham, Siggy Schatz, Leo Ball (tp)

Reference: FSRCD 654

Bar code: 8427328606547

Herbie Mann was one of the most forthright, rhythmically acute and culturally receptive of jazz flute players, virtues amply demonstrated on the two albums, African Suite and Flute, Brass, Vibes & Percussion, collected here.

They were made when, inspired by a stint with Machitos Afro-Cuban orchestra in 1958, he decided to form his own small-combo using some of the same basic rhythmic concepts and opened with the new group in June 1959 at New Yorks Basin Street East club. The move established Mann as the leading exponent of jazz played with African percussion instruments added to the rhythm section, a position underlined by his passionate playing and consistent musical perception on these two albums.

Although vibraphonist Johnny Rae is exhilarating throughout both, at the musics core remains the wonderfully exciting rhythmic interplay between the congas, bongos and drums. With this combination of ingredients Mann created a signature style for himself for a time, one which appealed not only to jazz audiences, but whose accessibility also appealed to audiences not normally receptive to jazz.

01. St. Thomas (Rollins) 8:02
02. Jungle Fantasy (Morales) 7:54
03. Sorimao (Mann) 5:24
African Suite (Mann)
04. Bedouin Part I 4:46
05. Sudan Part II 3:53
06. Ekunda Part III 3:11
07. Guinean Part IV 4:23
08. Dearly Beloved (Kern-Mercer) 4:39
09. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown-Kahn) 6:36
10. I'll Remember April (Raye-DePaul-Johnson) 8:32
11. A Ritual (Mann) 7:30
12. Fife 'n Tambourie Corps (Mann) 2:02
13. Autumn Leaves (Prevert-Kosma-Mercer) 9:51

Total time: 77:00 min. approx.

Original sources:
Tracks #1-7, from the 12" LP "Herbie Mann's African Suite" (United Artists UAS 5042)
Tracks #8-13, from the 12" LP "Flute, Brass, Vibes & Percussion" (Verve V6-8392)

Personnel on "African Suite":
Herbie Mann's Afro-Jazz Sextet
Herbie Mann (fl, b-cl), Johnny Rae (vib), Bob Corwin (p), Jack Six (b), Philly Joe Jones (d on #1-3), Carlos Patato Valdés, Victor Pantoja (conga), José Mangual (bongo).
Recorded in New York City, 1959

Personnel on "Flute, Brass, Vibes and Percussion":
The Herbie Mann Nonet
Herbie Mann (fl, b-cl), Johnny Rae (vib), Nabil Knobby Totah (b), Rudy Collins (d), Ray Mantilla (conga, d), Ray Barretto (bongos except on #8 and #12). Plus trumpet section: Doc Cheatham, Siggy Schatz, Jerome Kail and Leo Ball.
Recorded in New York City, 1959

Original recordings produced by Tom Wilson (#1-7) and Leonard Feather (#8-13).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered


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