on 1 August 2014
I bought this CD mainly for Herbie Mann`s Brazilian recordings, especially as I like the bossa nova rhythms of Dom Um Romao with the Sergio Mendes group. I have more of Mann`s Brazilian recordings on the CD Right Now/Latin Fever compilation. This Bossa Nova CD is also a compilation of Mann`s Do The Bossa Nova and Brazil, Bossa Nova and Blues CDs. This Bossa Nova compilation isn`t quite up to the standard of the Right Now/Latin Fever compilation; but it is still pretty good. Being a flutist myself I can recognize that technically and rhythmically Herbie Mann was one of the best jazz flutists; along with Hubert Laws, who also recorded with the Sergio Mendes group. Joe Farrell was also pretty good. Of the two CDs on this compilation the Brazilian recording of Do the Bossa Nova is the better, although the New York recording of Brazil, Bossa Nova and Blues has some good tracks, notably Minha de Saudade. If you like Herbie Mann and Latin rhythms then you must buy this CD.
If you can imagine sinuous, sensuous flute melodies and improvisations played over some rather fetching, Samba rhythms then you have the sound of these two albums in one. Both albums were recorded in 1962. They feature a host great musicians, not least Baden Powell on guitar and Sergio Mendes on piano. On ‘Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues’ we get to hear the superb Billy Bean on guitar who plays a number of extended solos that turn up the heat. The recorded sound is good, capturing the warmth of Herbie's flute and the crisp hip- swaying pulse of the band.
Even though this is a budget release there is no compromise in terms of presentation or quality of music: interesting sleeve-notes and two rather lovely discs of Brazilian jazz that will bring another ray or two of uplifting sunshine in your life should you need it. Play at a BBQ or first thing in the morning to get yourself in the mood for the day ahead and see the response. Plenty of great tracks, but my particular favourites? Well a lovely guitar feature in ‘Conslacao’ and a very animated ‘Bossa Veha’ hit the spot, beautifully. Hipsters can love these discs for their relative obscurity, the rest of us for the zestful, life enhancing music.
Herbie Mann, Bossa Nova
This new 2 CD set features the albums Do the Bossa Nova (Atlantic Records, 1962) & Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues (United Artists 1962).
Herbert Jay Solomon (1930 – 2003) better known as Herbie Mann the jazz flautist. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophone and clarinets including bass clarinet, but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute. His most popular single was "Hijack", which was a Billboard number-one dance hit for three weeks in 1975.
As an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music in 1959, following a State Department sponsored tour of Africa, he recorded Flutista, an album of Afro-Cuban jazz. In 1961 Mann toured Brazil, returning to the United States to record with Brazilian musicians, including Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. This is represented by the recording "Do the Bossa Nova" included in this set. These albums helped popularize bossa nova in the US and Europe. He often worked with Brazilian themes. In the mid-1960s Mann hired a young Chick Corea to play in some of his bands.
Herbie Mann has an impressive track record as leader with a discography detailing well over a hundred albums as early as 1954 and continuing with multiple releases until a final release in 2004.
The music to be heard on this 2 CD is rhythmic, joyful and often pleasantly familiar with numbers such as "One Note Samba"; "Brazil" & "One Note Samba". The sound quality is excellent and the sleeve notes are by Not Now Music regular Helen Akitt. Great value and as always shop around for the best price.