Herbie Mann

Bongos, Conga and Flute

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This sampler (taken from two of Herbie Mann's records) finds him at a turning point in his career. Previously a bop soloist, Mann was always curious about other idioms and on these performances he began to explore Latin-jazz for the first time. Vibraphonist Johnny Rae is a key musician in the two groups, one of which also utilizes four trumpets. Since the music on both dates is quite worthwhile and this budget VSP LP is impossible to find anyway, it is advisable to get the two albums (if they can be found) instead.