Monday, May 16, 2016

Herbie Mann & Bobby Jaspar - Flute Flight

Over the years, jazz has had its share of famous two-tenor, two-alto, and two-trumpet gatherings — some of which could be highly competitive (such as Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, or Phil Woods and Gene Quill). But two-flute front lines have been a rarity in the jazz world. The flute isn’t nearly as prominent a jazz instrument as the trumpet, the tenor sax, or the alto sax, and for every jazz flutist who became famous (Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws, and Bobbi Humphrey, among others), there were countless others who made their mark as saxophonists or trumpeters. Recorded in 1957 and reissued on CD in 2002, Flute Flight gives listeners a rare chance to hear Mann and fellow flutist Bobby Jaspar (who was also known for his Lester Young-influenced tenor playing) together as a two-flute front line. There are no saxophonists, trumpeters, or trombonists onboard — just one or two flutes and a rhythm section that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Joe Puma on guitar, Eddie Costa on vibes, Wendell Marshall or Doug Watkins on bass, and Bobby Donaldson on drums. Actually, Puma’s “Bo-Do” and Mann’s ten-minute “Tuttie Flutie” are the only tracks that find Mann and Jaspar teaming up; the rest of the time, Jaspar is the only flutist. Nonetheless, Mann’s hardcore fans will enjoy this melodic, sometimes restrained bop session, and those who appreciate the lyrical nature of Jaspar’s flute playing won’t be disappointed by his solos on Flanagan’s wistful “Solacium” or Watkins’ clever “Flute Bass Blues.” Anyone who complains that jazz hasn’t had enough flute playing over the years will want to add Flute Flight to his/her collection.
Alex Henderson

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/flute-flight-mr0001239973

Herbie Mann
Bobby Jaspar
Flute Flight
(PRESTIGE 1957)

Tracks

1 Tutti Flutie (Mann)  10:10
2 Bo-Do (Puma)  5:54
3 Flute Bass Blues (Watkins)  7:23
4 Flute Bob (Jaspar)  7:03
5 Solacium (Flanagan)  5:51

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Personnel
Herbie Mann - fl [# 2 ] & alt fl [# 1]
Bobby Jaspar - fl
Tommy Flanagan - p
Joe Puma - g
Eddie Costa - vb [# 1 & 2]
Wendell Marshall - b [# 1 & 2]
Doug Watkins - b [# 3 & 5]
Bobby Donaldson - dr

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; March 21, 1957

19 comments:

grumpy said...

Many thanks. Odd that Mann gets joint billing but only plays on two tracks! I much prefer Mann in the 50s before he went commercial. The revelation for me is Jaspar, and I love the combination of flute and vibes. Costa is yet another 'under-rated'.

Orbyt said...

Huge thank you Mel for this version in Flac.

Grumpy, completely agree Jaspar (without or without his quartet) is a revelation. One can never get enough vibes/flute/guitar sessions, especially these 50s dates.

musician3 said...

Amazing....Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Glad to get this. Thank you!

neil said...

I'm in accord with grumpy; many thanks, mel...

deGallo said...

Big HM fan here! Thank you.

furnguy said...

thankss. Lots of great listening.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

boterletter said...

Could you please give me the password for the zippyshare files? It seems that i need one.

boterletter said...

Found it. Nice post!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mel. Bill

flyra said...

I don't know how everybody else opened the files, but I get the message 'invalid or damaged archive'!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. A move up from 320

gullo said...

Flyra -- I am also getting an error when I try to unpack.

I've not had this problem before with any files.

Can somebody else confirm there is an issue?

Melanchthon said...

Sorry guys, I forgot the third link...
Complete links

http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/phIlNbWd/file.html
http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/NS5fbsC4/file.html
http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/RbLwHKn7/file.html

alfred venison said...

thank you: mystery solved! and thanks for the music. i've got a special spot in my affections for herbie mann ever since i heard concerto grosso in d blues back in the day. -cheers, a.v.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the third part I thought something was amiss

Otis Foster said...

Mystery solved - thnx for providing the 3rd link, melancthon

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!