Clip: RIP Herbie Mann
- Back in my college DJ days, I used to play some of that CD Mann did with
Duane Allman, as I recall..anywya, heres this news, in a busy week for obits:
Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann Dies at 73
By DEBORAH BAKER
.c The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Herbie Mann, the versatile jazz flutist who
combined a variety of musical styles and deeply influenced genres
such as world music and fusion, has died. He was 73.
Mann, who had battled prostate cancer since 1997, died late Tuesday,
according to a friend, Sy Johnson. A funeral home in Santa Fe said it
was making arrangements with Mann's family.
Mann had moved to Santa Fe in the late 1980s after spending most of
his life in his native New York City.
Mann always performed different styles, then combined them. He did
bebop and cool jazz, and toured Africa, Brazil and Japan listening
for new music.
``I just think he was a wonderful Pied Piper of jazz, drawing our
attention what's happening around the world and the country,'' said
Johnson, a New York City composer who had known Mann for some 40
years. He called Mann ``a guy who loved music of all kinds an and
eager to explore it all.''
Family of Mann, formed in 1973, played world music before it was
called that. Mann's best-selling ``Memphis Underground'' was a
founding recording of fusion.
If a genie offered Mann anything he wanted, he said in a 1995
Associated Press interview, he would choose a big band including
three rhythm sections for straight-ahead jazz, Brazilian music and
``I'd be able to play all that music; I wouldn't have to play any one
thing all the time,'' he said. ``And I would always like to try to
evolve the music to another step. Once you reach the point where you
play it perfectly in a genre, to me it gets boring. Then I want to
try to evolve by combining things.''
When he left Atlantic Records in 1979 he started producing his own
records, and later he launched his own label, Kokopelli. In all, he
made more than 100 albums as leader.
Touring, he said, was ``a killer, the hours and food. I always
thought if you made good records your records could do the traveling
Album titles reflect Mann's versatility: ``At the Village Gate''
(1962); ``African Suite'' (1959); ``Brasil, Bossa Nova & Blues''
(1962); ``Latin Mann'' 1965; ``Memphis Two Step'' (1971); and
``Eastern European Roots'' (2000).
``As much as I love music, I never really thought it was my life. I
thought it was the vehicle I used to express my life,'' he said.
Born Herbert Solomon in Brooklyn in 1930, he started his career when
he was 15, playing in groups at Catskill Mountain resorts for the
summer. He studied saxophone but preferred flute. In the 1950s, after
three years in the Army playing with the Army Band in Trieste, Italy,
Mann toured France and Scandinavia.
He credited visits to Africa and Brazil in the early 1960s with
changing his musical outlook.
``When I came back (from Africa), I hired (Babatunde) Olatunji, a
Nigerian drummer living here, and we started doing music based on
African motifs,'' he told the AP.
As for the Brazil tour, he said, ``Revelation doesn't touch it. Up to
that point, the ethnic music I had heard had 14 drums playing
different parts but the melodies were very simple. Then I saw the
`Black Orpheus' movie and heard multiple rhythm parts along with the
most beautiful melodies in the world.
He returned and recorded with Brazilian musicians, including Antonio
Carlos Jobim and a 19-year-old Sergio Mendes.
At 70, he put out a CD called ``Eastern European Roots.''
``I've played Cuban music, but I'm not Cuban,'' he told the Rocky
Mountain News. ``I've played Brazilian music, but I'm not Brazilian.
I've played jazz, but I'm not African-American. What I am is an
Eastern European Jew. I love all the music I've played, but I wanted
something that is mine. ... I had been writing this music for years,
but I never thought there was a place for me to play it.''
``I'm playing better than I've ever played,'' Mann said in the 1995
Associated Press interview.
``As far as I'm concerned, almost everything I've done in the past
has been on the surface or just a hair below,'' he said. ``Now I'm
His last live gig was May 3 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival, where ``he got a standing ovation for five minutes,''
``He had a lot of plans,'' Johnson said. ``His time may have been
limited and he knew it, but he was a man of energy and an active life
that would constantly churn up things,'' Johnson said.
Johnson said Mann is survived by his wife, Janeal Arison; sons Paul
and Geoff; daughters Claudia Mann-Basler and Laura Mann; his mother,
Ruth Solomon; and a sister, Judy Burnstein.
- That's sad. Mann dug electric guitarists; he kept Sonny Sharrock employed
for a while in the late 60s.
It is a busy week for obituaries with Kate Hepburn and Buddy Hackett...
--On Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:11 PM +0000 Barry Mazor
> Back in my college DJ days, I used to play some of that CD Mann did with
> Duane Allman, as I recall..anywya, heres this news, in a busy week for
> Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann Dies at 73
- --- In email@example.com, Carl Abraham Zimring <cz28@a...>
> That's sad. Mann dug electric guitarists; he kept Sonny Sharrockemployed
> for a while in the late 60s.I'm still waiting for my copy of the mid 70s Sonny & Linda Sharrock
> something like 8 years I heard.
cd Paradise to arrive.
anybody know it?
Herbie Mann's Memphis Underground is fantastic too BTW
Np 17 hours
>Herbie Mann's Memphis Underground is fantastic too BTWTry to find _Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go_; same band, similar feel,
but Sharrock gets to "go off" a lot more-- great to hear in the
deep-pocketed r&b context Ayers/Marcus/Carr/Vitous are laying down....
"...almost any idea which jogs you out of your current abstractions
may be better than nothing." -- Alfred North Whitehead
- --On Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:27 PM +0000 Stevo <Stuggy@...> wrote:
> I'm still waiting for my copy of the mid 70s Sonny & Linda SharrockWe got it at the station a few months ago. I like Linda's wordless vocal
> cd Paradise to arrive.
> anybody know it?
interplay with Sonny's guitar on it, but I'm more partial to Sonny's
late-period work with Bill Lawell and Last Exit. That's some of the best
electric guitar work in any context that I have ever heard.
- I orginally posted this to p2. FIgured y'all might be interested
Herbie Mann may have been known primarily as a jazz flutist, but he
made a lot of records that folks would find to be really accessable
and twang friendly.
There was the 1969 recording Memphis Underground that was produced by
Tom Dowd that featured Hold On, I'm Coming and Chain of Fools. Reggie
Young also played guitar on it.
In 1970 he released Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty featuring the famed
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, David
Hood, and Eddie Hinton
1971's Push Push totally rocks. Duane Allman with Booker T and the
MG's! Well, at least Duck Dunn and Al Jackson.
Other good albums from this time period exploring that synthesis of
soul, funk, & jazz were Mississippi Gambler and Hold On I'm Coming.
If you were into the sounds of Sea Level, then you would love the
Memphis Muscle Shoals era Herbie Mann records. It's a more funky kind
of jazz that us white redneck non-intellectual types can understand
Also recomended is Herbie's London Underground record that features
Albert Lee, Mick Taylor and Stephan Grapelli.
n.p. Herbie Mann - Push Push
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Wall" <xxl_sized_dork@y...>
> In 1970 he released Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty featuring the famedYeah; THOSE are the ones I'm talking about--which I playd on my radio show
> Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, David
> Hood, and Eddie Hinton
> 1971's Push Push totally rocks. Duane Allman with Booker T and the
> MG's! Well, at least Duck Dunn and Al Jackson.
when they came out--especially Push Push.
And this is one (small) o reason why it's laways good to have Mr. . Wall his
own self around.