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

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/27/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431767320
  • Catalog Number: 7673
  • Sales rank: 170,304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toot Stick (2:49)
  2. 2 Davey Blue (4:38)
  3. 3 Daffodil (2:58)
  4. 4 The Turtle and the Frog (2:07)
  5. 5 Muh Hoss Knows the Way (2:20)
  6. 6 Music Is a Game We Play (4:48)
  7. 7 Sunrise Hights (9:12)
  8. 8 Thank You Mr. Rushing (3:03)
  9. 9 Mexicali (4:18)
  10. 10 Lullaby for Mary Elizabeth (3:02)
  11. 11 This Is My Beloved - Laurence Harvey (1:20)
  12. 12 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:07)
  13. 13 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:49)
  14. 14 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (2:27)
  15. 15 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (2:49)
  16. 16 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (3:13)
  17. 17 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (2:03)
  18. 18 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:57)
  19. 19 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (5:05)
  20. 20 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:47)
  21. 21 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (3:41)
  22. 22 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (3:10)
  23. 23 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:15)
  24. 24 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:33)
  25. 25 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (1:14)
  26. 26 This Is My Beloved (Continued) - Laurence Harvey (2:46)
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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
David "Fathead" Newman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pat Rebillot Keyboards
John Rae Drums
Sam Leigh Brown Guitar
Laurence Harvey Spoken Word
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
Al Fichera Liner Notes
Walter Benton Author
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