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Herbie Mann: Flautista! Herbie Mann Plays Afro-Cuban Jazz

Album Notes

This 1998 reissue contains two bonus tracks not on the original release.

Personnel: Herbie Mann (flute, bass clarinet); Johnny Rae (vibraphone, marimba); Knobby Totah (bass); Santos Miranda (drums, percussion); Carlos "Patato" Valdez (percussion, congas); Jose Luis Mangual (percussion, bongos).

Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.

All tracks have been digitally remastered using 22-bit technology.

This is part of Verve's By Request series.

An adventurous, chance-taking musician, Herbie Mann has experimented with many musical styles throughout his long career. On this 1959 live date from the now-defunct jazz club Basin Street East in Manhattan, the New York-born flutist performs with a Latin percussion section, a bass player, and a vibraphonist. While the ensemble sounds spare, they play heartfelt renditions of "Caravan" and "Delilah," as well as original Mann compositions "Todos Locos" and "Cuban Patato Chip," the latter being one of his most requested Latin-tinged tunes. Mann switches to bass clarinet on the lazy blues "Come On, Mule" but, other than this, he plays either an E flat or C flute throughout. On each track, his solos combine jazz with Afro-Cuban flavors; the riveting "Basin Street Este," a dedication to the club itself, may be the best example of this subtle fusion of Latin music and bebop.


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