Flute Souffle
  • CAT # OJCCD-760-25

    1. Tel Aviv 14:41
    2. Somewhere Else 5:56
    3. Let's March 7:24
    4. Chasing The Bird 8:14

This 1957 session took place while the flute was still a relatively new sound in jazz, and shortly before Herbie Mann began mixing Latin and other ethnic music strains into his performances. It finds the venerable Mann still in a bebop groove, and still playing tenor sax (on "Somewhere Else") as well as alto flute (on his striking original "Tel Aviv"). The second featured soloist here is Belgian Bobby Jaspar, who worked with the J.J. Johnson and Miles Davis bands in America before his tragic death in 1963. Jaspar, who also takes a couple of turns on tenor sax, is a cooler soloist than Mann and a winning contrast, as are the eloquent improvisations of guitarist Joe Puma and pianist Tommy Flanagan.

with Tommy Flanagan, Joe Puma, Wendell Marshall, Bobby Donaldson

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