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By the early '60s, Herbie Mann had already spent several years establishing himself among the jazz cognoscenti as a virtuosic flautist and a wildly prolific recording artist, but it was 1962's At the Village Gate that catapulted him to stardom. Not only did the live album rack up shockingly high sales for a jazz record, its opening track, "Comin' Home, Baby," became a crossover pop hit when the tune's sinuous, bluesy lines and cool jazz feel caught the public's ear. The other two cuts are extended explorations of classic Gershwin compositions from Porgy and Bess: "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So." The former bears a sultry feel and a Brazilian lilt to the rhythm, making good use of the four-man percussion section: drummers Chief Bey and Rudy Collins, conga man Ray Mantilla, and vibraphonist Hagood Hardy. The latter is transformed from a serpentine midtempo tune to a churning, polyrhythmic burner in 6/8 time. And at 20 minutes, it gives Mann a chance to really stretch out, displaying both his lyrical side and his improvisational chops.

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Unbelievably Excellent

I have been listening to this Unbelievably Excellent music since it first came out about a hundred years ago. Don't be fooled by the 2005 release date: we were groovin' to Mr. Mann in the '60's. This is WONDERFUL music and the only album/CD I know of with only 3 numbers on it: "Summertime" sizzles for over Ten minutes....mmmmmmm. Buy it!!!!

Herbie Mann: At the Village Gate

I wore this album out twice in the late 50's. It is an essential part of every jazz fan's collection; still timely, still classic, and still great!

Herbie @ the village gate

Had this as a 33 when I was in my 20's. Have been looking for Herbie on cd, just found this on i tunes. Great!


Born: April 16, 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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