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Family of Mann - First Light/This Is My Beloved
     

The Family of Mann - First Light/This Is My Beloved

by Herbie Mann
 
This Collectables two-fer pairs an odd selection of Herbie Mann -- which may mean they are getting to the bottom of the barrel in the flutist's WEA catalog. The first set here, by a group assembled as Family of Mann -- named after one of his 1960s album titles, is entitled First Light. The band

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This Collectables two-fer pairs an odd selection of Herbie Mann -- which may mean they are getting to the bottom of the barrel in the flutist's WEA catalog. The first set here, by a group assembled as Family of Mann -- named after one of his 1960s album titles, is entitled First Light. The band includes Steve Gadd, Potato Valdez, Tony Levin, and David "Fathead" Newman. It's pure soul-jazz and jazz-funk. Recorded in 1974, it bears all the trappings of that year production-wise with reverb effects strewn all over the thing. That doesn't change the fact that the music is great -- it's tough, deep-grooved and passionate -- much of this is because of Newman's gritty playing. The second album, This Is My Beloved, presented here is a suite composed for the poems of Walter Benton, read by Laurence Harvey. While music, impressionistic as it is, works in a beautiful way, Walter Benton was no Kenneth Patchen when it came to the love poem -- he was more like Rod McKuen. The band, comprised of Joe Puma, Ray Mantilla, Ahmad Aboul-Malik, Haywood Henry, John Rae, and Harry Lookofsky, plays a wonderfully subtle blend of jazz, classical music, pop and folk, as if they were encountering some sketch by Debussy. They ignore the corny vocals that overdramatize every already overwrought line, making this intolerable, even as kitsch.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431767320
catalogNumber:
7673
Rank:
120955

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Mann   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Flute
Ray Mantilla   Conga
Joe Puma   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums,Kalimba
Armen Halburian   Percussion
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Tony Levin   Bass,Bass Guitar
David "Fathead" Newman   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards
John Rae   Drums
Sam Leigh Brown   Guitar
Laurence Harvey   Spoken Word
Sam Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Herbie Mann   Composer
Malcolm Cecil   Engineer
Steve Gadd   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Robert Margouleff   Engineer
David "Fathead" Newman   Composer
Gene Paul   Engineer
Pat Rebillot   Composer
Bobby Warner   Engineer
Don Brautigam   Original Illustration
Paula Bisacca   Art Direction
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Joel Brodsky   Original Photography
Fichera   Liner Notes
Walter Benton   Author

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