Sunday, October 9, 2016

Herbie Mann - When Lights Are Low (aka Salute to the Flute)

This Portrait LP (a 1988 reissue of an Epic album titled Salute to the Flute) found flutist Herbie Mann accompanied for the first time by a big band on five of the nine selections. Prior to 1959, virtually all of Mann's recordings were bop-oriented, and this one is no exception. Whether it be "Little Niles," "When Lights Are Low," "Beautiful Love" or even "Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues," Mann proves to be an excellent bop soloist ; other important players on this date include trumpeter Joe Wilder, altoist Anthony Ortega, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Joe Puma and bassist Oscar Pettiford. This LP will be a difficult one to find.
Scott Yanow

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Herbie Mann
When Lights Are Low
(aka "Salute to the Flute")


1 When Lights Are Low (Williams)  6:02
2 Little Niles (Weston)  6:10
3 Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues (Mann)  4:42
4 Pretty Baby (Salim)  4:57
5 Beautiful Love (Young, King, Alstyne, Gillespie)  6:30
6 Hip Scotch (Puma)  3:40
7 Song For Ruth (Mann)  4:22
8 Noga's Nuggets (Pettiford)  4:04
9 A Ritual (Mann)  3:47


[# 1, 5 & 9]
Herbie Mann - fl
Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Don Stratton - tp
Urbie Green, Chauncey Welsch - tb
Anthony Ortega - as
Dick Hafer - ts
Sol Schlinger - bs
Joe Puma - g
Hank Jones - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Gus Johnson - dr
[# 2, 4 & 7]
Herbie Mann - fl
Anthony Ortega, Dave Kurtzer, Dick Hafer - rds
Joe Puma - g
Hank Jones - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
[# 3, 6 & 8]
Herbie Mann - fl & alt fl
Joe Puma - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Gus Johnson - dr
Recorded on April 18  & 29, 1957


headman said...

Thank you very much for this rarity, Mel. I'd been hoping this one might have been released in Japan as one of the recent Columbia/Epic batch of reissues.

danair said...

Thanks Mel,one that was missing from my collection.

deGallo said...

Just made my weekend! Thank you for this upgrade. Nice!

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, it's really a nice rarity!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot, Mel!

borodinjs said...

Muchas gracias, un estupendo hallazgo.

Luis Attisto said...

Merci bonne musique chapeau bas ...bien a vous

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

stringbender said...

Many thanks for this great post!

Otis Foster said...

I didn't have this, so thnx to you for providing a missing link. I am particularly anxious to hear Ortega, for whom there is too little material in release.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this unheard of and interesting release

nlrp said...

...fantastic Herbie Mann. Thanks.

ProfessorCalculus said...


Dirk Bill said...

Damn, too late, link has expired. Would love to hear this. Any chance for a re0up?

Melanchthon said...

jazzy62 said...

Just to set the record straight, the original LP rip (LP not CD) was posted back in 2010 at my place.

I have many times pointed people to this place for its great posts. Sadly, I have never been mentioned here, even though many, many posts are cd releases of my original LP rips.

Because I really am tired of this, I may have to reconsider some things.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Jimmy said...

melanchthon, este es el pass.

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you for another hard to find gem!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

links have expired.