by Herbie MannHerbie Mann




America/Brasil is a rollicking, celebratory album that keeps Herbie Mann on the winning streak he started with the release of Peace Pieces in 1995. Recorded during a week of concerts to mark his 65th birthday in April 1995, this disc is much stronger than its immediate predecessor, Celebration, also taken from the same week of live concert performances at New York's Blue Note jazz club. The material here is superb, and the playing top-notch. As the title implies, the emphasis here is on Mann's Brazilian side, but there are touches of the non-Brazilian with Bill Evans' "Peri's Scope" and Miles Davis' "All Blues." "Summertime" is recast in an Afro-Cuban mode with Paquito D'Rivera sharing the solo space on alto sax. However, lengthy Brazilian showstoppers are placed at the beginning, middle, and end of this wonderful disc. The opening "Keep the Spirits Singing" is propelled by the polyrhythmic pulse of percussionists Cyro Baptista and "Café," and the 17-minute title track finale features trumpeters Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi, trombonist Jim Pugh, and guitarist Romero Lubambo. Even with the all-star cast assembled for this special week of concerts, it's Herbie Mann himself whose playing shines the brightest throughout this recording, celebrating his past and affirming his place in the present as the finest flutist working in jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1997
Label: Lightyear
UPC: 0085365423329
catalogNumber: 54233


  1. Keep The Spirits Singing
  2. Summertime
  3. Peri's Scope
  4. Baghdad/Candle Dance
  5. Ovo
  6. All Blues
  7. America/Brasil

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Mann   Primary Artist,Flute
Ron Carter   Acoustic Bass
Paquito D'Rivera   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Gomez   Acoustic Bass
Bobby Watson   Alto Saxophone
Ray Mantilla   Percussion
Bruce Dunlap   Guitar
Victor Lewis   Drums
Mark Soskin   Piano
Milton Cardona   Percussion
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Sergio Brandao   Bass
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Café   Percussion
Adam Cruz   Drums
Duduka Da Fonseca   Drums
Larry Grenadier   Acoustic Bass
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Nilson Matta   Acoustic Bass
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet
Edward Simon   Piano
Paul Socolow   Bass
Terell Stafford   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Piano
Rick Sebastian   Drums

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Contributor
Eddie Gomez   Contributor
Herbie Mann   Producer,Contributor
Ray Mantilla   Contributor
Bruce Dunlap   Contributor
Victor Lewis   Contributor
Mark Soskin   Contributor
Milton Cardona   Contributor
Cyro Baptista   Contributor
Sergio Brandao   Contributor
Café   Contributor
Adam Cruz   Contributor
Duduka Da Fonseca   Contributor
Larry Grenadier   Contributor
Romero Lubambo   Contributor
Nilson Matta   Contributor
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Jim Pugh   Contributor
Edward Simon   Contributor
Paul Socolow   Contributor
Terell Stafford   Contributor
Paul Blakemore   Engineer
Sy Johnson   Arranger
Rick Sebastian   Contributor

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