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At the Village Gate
     

At the Village Gate

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by Herbie Mann
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678135026
catalogNumber:
1380
Rank:
61484

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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
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Norman Martin   Cover Design

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At the Village Gate 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.