Five years on from his career-defining live set AT THE VILLAGE GATE, flautist Herbie Mann returned to that Greenwich Village venue to record a follow-up with a different lineup--now featuring future superstar Chick Corea on piano--and a subtly different sound. Mann's music was still based on the Latin jazz that he had spent years exploring, but rather than the frenetic beats of Afro-Cuban music or samba, the rhythmic pulse of these five tracks is decidedly more laid-back. On the centerpiece eight-minute rendition of the gospel standard "Motherless Child," the vibe is straight-up soul jazz, complete with some bluesy comping by Corea and a long, mellow flute solo by Mann. The rest of the album picks up the tempo, most notably on Arif Mardin's "The Young Turks," but there's still a looser, more flexible sense of rhythm on MONDAY NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE GATE than on its better-known predecessor, one that hints at the full-on fusion of Mann's later career.
AllMusic Review by AllMusic