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Album Review

The unfortunate title of this album fed into the perception that jazz great Herbie Mann would jump onto any musical trend for a buck. The hit single "Hi-Jack" actually was pretty good as dance-oriented instrumental pop, but jazz it was not. However, Mann's rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Bird of Beauty" is very pleasant, and the Mann original "High Above the Andes" has a nice Latin feel to it. On too many cuts, though, the dated synthesizers and female backing vocals make the mix sound like little more than background music for a shopping mall.

Biography

Born: 16 April 1930 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Herbie Mann played a wide variety of music throughout his career. He became quite popular in the 1960s, but in the '70s became so immersed in pop and various types of world music that he seemed lost to jazz. However, Mann never lost his ability to improvise creatively as his later recordings attest. Herbie Mann began on clarinet when he was nine but was soon also playing flute and tenor. After serving in the Army, he was with Mat Mathews' Quintet (1953-1954) and then started working and recording...
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Discotheque, Herbie Mann
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  • 56,00 kr
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Crossover Jazz, Rock
  • Released: 1975

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