Common Ground

The Common Ground

by Herbie Mann Afro-Jazz Sextet
     
 
Herbie Mann is a capable jazz flutist, but his music has mostly been known in the popular sense. This means that while he could've continued his bop career after the 1950s, he worked toward offering a hybrid instead, a form of pop-jazz that could be easily accepted by middle America. On the surface, The Common Ground (originally released in 1960; re-released by

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Herbie Mann is a capable jazz flutist, but his music has mostly been known in the popular sense. This means that while he could've continued his bop career after the 1950s, he worked toward offering a hybrid instead, a form of pop-jazz that could be easily accepted by middle America. On the surface, The Common Ground (originally released in 1960; re-released by Collectables in 2004) implies its serious nature. Mann teams with his Afro-Jazz Sextet to offer a fusion of Cuban, African, and American jazz, much in the manner of Dizzy Gillespie. But Mann, unlike Gillespie, is more interested in offering a commercial variation on Afro jazz, and as a result, The Common Ground circumvents exploration for tuneful melodies and solid, but predictable, solos. Mann has written or co-written half of the pieces on the album, and compositions like "Baghdad" and the title blend in well with Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Gillespie and Frank Paparelli's "Night in Tunisia." Most of the instrumental dexterity on the album is supplied by Mann's flute, which perfectly matches the mood of material. For the faithful, The Common Ground delivers an enjoyable (if short) set at the beginning of Mann's long, successful career as a popular artist on Atlantic Records.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431652725
catalogNumber:
6527
Rank:
259694

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Mann Afro-Jazz Sextet   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Bongos
Herbie Mann   Flute
Ray Mantilla   Conga
Nabil Totah   Bass,Double Bass
Maya Angelou   Vocals
Leo Ball   Trumpet
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Rudy Collins   Drums
Jerry Kail   Trumpet
Michael Olatunji   Percussion,Vocals
Dolores Parker   Vocals
Ziggy Schatz   Trumpet
John Rae   Percussion,Vibes
Leo Ball   Trumpet
Ziggy Schatz   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Herbie Mann   Composer,Liner Notes
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Roger Mozian   Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Audio Production
Michael Olatunji   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Tommy Nola   Engineer
Ruth Mann   Cover Photo
Richard Carpenter   Composer

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