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The Best of Herbie Mann


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1. Comin' Home Baby

2. Memphis Underground

3. Philly Dog

4. A Man And A Woman

5. This Little Girl Of Mine

6. Comin' Home Baby

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Herbie Mann (flute); Tamiko Jones (vocals); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Marky Markowitz (trumpet); Quentin Jackson (trombone); Daniel Gonzalez, Joe Silva (violin); Hagood Hardy (vibraharp); Dave Pike, Roy Ayers (vibraphone); Chick Corea, Charlie Palmieri (piano); Bobby Wood (electric piano); Bobby Emmons (organ); Larry Coryell, Reggie Young (guitar); Ben Tucker, Nabil Totah (bass); Bruno Carr, Bernard Purdie (drums); Willie Rodriguez, Ray Barretto (percussion).
  • Producers: Nesuhi Ertegun, Tom Dowd, Ahmet Ertegun.
  • Engineers include: Tom Dowd, Phil Iehle, Phil Ramone.
  • Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
  • It is probably true that no single LP could definitively sum up all of the directions that Herbie Mann explored in the swingin' '60s, but this one -- part of a sprawling 1970 Atlantic Jazz Anthology series and transferred intact onto CD -- could have done a more thorough job. There are only six selections on Best of Herbie Mann, two of which are "Comin' Home Baby." Three of the tracks deal with various manifestations of R&B, of which "Memphis Underground" is the most obvious and most subtly percolating choice, and the remaining track is a murky cover of a movie tune, "A Man and a Woman" with Tamiko Jones on vocals. The timing -- about 33 minutes -- was short for an LP and it is downright stingy for a CD, given the volume and variety of Mann's Atlantic sessions. Still -- the music is pretty good; there just should have been more of it. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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