At the Village Gate

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Remarkably few of flutist Herbie Mann's recordings are available on CD, but fortunately this one did get reissued. Mann's hit version of "Comin' Home Baby" from this live set became his first big hit. Composer Ben Tucker plays second bass on that cut, and Mann's other sidemen include vibraphonist Hagood Hardy, bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik, drummer Rudy Collins, and Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla on percussion. In addition to "Comin' Home Baby," Mann and his men perform memorable versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So"; the latter is 20 minutes long. Recommended.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Remarkably few of flutist Herbie Mann's recordings are available on CD, but fortunately this one did get reissued. Mann's hit version of "Comin' Home Baby" from this live set became his first big hit. Composer Ben Tucker plays second bass on that cut, and Mann's other sidemen include vibraphonist Hagood Hardy, bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik, drummer Rudy Collins, and Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla on percussion. In addition to "Comin' Home Baby," Mann and his men perform memorable versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So"; the latter is 20 minutes long. Recommended.
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At the Village Gate is the album that first brought Herbie Mann to widespread popular attention, thanks to the inclusion of "Comin' Home Baby," which soon became one of the flautist's signature songs. By the time of the record's release in 1962, however, Mann had already been a bandleader for years, honing his pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with hard bop's funky structures just under the public radar. As a result, At the Village Gate sounds more like a summation than a beginning. The nearly 40-minute album is a mere three tracks long, with an epic 20-minute version of "It Ain't Necessarily So" taking up the entirety of the second side of the original vinyl. The highlight, however, is a stunning take on the standard "Summertime," one that turns the Gershwin tune into an easy swinging, proto-bossa nova song that features a glorious extended solo by Mann over a conga beat. In its way, it's just as revelatory as Miles Davis' better-known recasting of the tune.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678135026
  • Catalog Number: 1380
  • Sales rank: 2,498

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Mann Primary Artist, Flute
Ray Mantilla Percussion, Conga
Hagood Hardy Vibes
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Bass
Chief Bey Percussion, Drums, African Drums
Rudy Collins Drums
Ben Tucker Bass, Soloist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Willis Conover Liner Notes
Tom Dowd Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Phil Iehle Engineer
Ben Tucker Composer
Stephen Innocenzi Mastering
DuBose Heyward Composer
Norman Martin Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest jazz albums ever

    Herbie Mann's live performance at ''The Gate'' in 1961 swings with rhythm, melody and charm. Just three songs, the longest (''It Ain't Necessarily So'' is 20 minutes), the whole album is hypnotic.

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