Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Sultry Serenade by Herbie Mann

For five of the eight cuts here, Mann has a sextet that sports an intriguing sonority — his flute stands alongside such underappreciated masters as the baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist Jack Nimitz, trombonist Urbie Green and guitarist Joe Puma. No less a great bassist than Oscar Pettiford lays down the low-end law, while drummer Charlie Smith proves an expert with brushes on drums and cymbals. There are also three quartet dates sans Green and Nimitz. This is most definitely very fine post-bop modern jazz, with a harmonic twist or turn here and there. Mann has a pied-piper-like approach during his lone composition "Let Me Tell You," a head-nodding swing over an easy tempo. On Mann's spooky arrangement for the standard ballad "When the Sun Comes Out," the bass clarinet of Nimitz cues Smith's cymbal washes, with Green's trombone and Mann's whooshy flute making inquiring statements as the guitar embellishes with slightly wrought chords. Mann switches to bass clarinet on "Lazy Bones," paced as its title says. Nimitz is on a throaty Gerry Mulligan-esque bari with Green, collectively attaining a low-end growl, sounding like they're all ready to pounce, as Puma's snappy solo grounds the strike force. Mann (on flute) and Puma lead the easygoing Tyree Glenn-penned title track, with Nimitz's bass clarinet traipsing on eggshells for this dainty melody. The quartet tracks include "Swingin' 'Til the Girls Come Home," which proves the ultimate vehicle for Mann's lyricism, Puma's improvisational expertise, and those typical tall round notes from genius Pettiford. This date should not be forgotten as one of Herbie Mann's best.
Michael G. Nastos

Source :

Herbie Mann
Sultry Serenade


1 Let Me Tell You (Mann)  4:25
2 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  4:55
3 Professor* (Puma)  3:43
4 Lazy Bones (Carmichael, Mercer)  7:02
5 Sultry Serenade (Tyree)  5:01
6 Little Man* (You've Had a Busy Day) (Hoffman, Sigler, Wayne)  5:10
7 One Morning in May (Carmichael)  4:03
8 Swing Till the Girls Come Home* (Pettiford)  4:52

Herbie Mann - fl, alt. fl & b cl
Jack Nimitz - b cl & bs
Urbie Green - tb
Joe Puma - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Herbie Mann - fl & alt. fl
Joe Puma - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Charlie Smith - dr

Recorded in New York City ; April 1 & 8, 1957.


hcb said...

I really love this pre-Village Gate Herbie Mann stuff. There's a track on the Bobby Jaspar recording, by the way, that might be a very close sibling to a track on John Barry's soundtrack to The Ipcress File--moody and cool in the best Beat sense.


getzoot said...

A pleasure

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much Melocoton :-)

danair said...

Thank you love Mann's early work.

Melanchthon said...

anon'n'on said...

thanks for the mann,man

Scoredaddy said...

thanks so much

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a Million Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Herbie Mann fan here! Thank you. Marvelous!

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks again.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You