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on 8 January 2001
Warner's Jazz archive reissue programme continues apace with the welcome return of two Herbie Mann 1960's LPs on one mid-price CD. Recorded during America's 50's and 60's Bossa craze, 'Do the Bossa Nova', features the delightful vocals and guitar of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Mann's playing is on point throughout, exercising his supreme ability to improvise at will, at any given tempo and rhythm. 'One Note Samba', with Jobim on vocals, is a beautiful expression of the delicate beauty of Latin rhythms. It's evocative lilt is complimented by Mann's restrained flute. Clifford Brown's 'Blues Walk' is given a full on, hell for leather treatment, with Mann's ebullient lines and sheer joyful abandon to the fore. Particularly special is Baden Powell's, moody 'Consolacao', where there is some great interplay between Jobim's soft toned guitar playing and Mann's low register reverberations. 'Latin Fever' is not as strong an outing and sounds dated in places, but the presence of then unknown pianist, Sergio Mendes, ensures it's highlights. The stand-out tune, 'Groovy Samba', features Mendes at his swinging best, after a jaw-crampingly long solo from Mann. 'Nara', is also a great Latin workout, with Mann firing on all cylinders over pounding Conga rhythms. Overall, this is a worthwhile mid-price two for one.
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