Herbie Mann - Herbie Mann Plays

Herbie Mann - Herbie Mann Plays
Release Date:
December, 1954
Herbie Mann Plays
Recording Date:
December, 1954

Flutist Herbie Mann's first recording as a leader (seven selections from 1954 originally on a 10" LP plus four others cut in 1956) has been reissued on CD with three alternate takes added on. Even back in 1954, Mann (who doubles here on flute and alto flute) had his own sound.

The music (featuring either Benny Weeks or Joe Puma on guitar in a piano-less quartet) is essentially straight-ahead bop and finds Mann playing quite melodically and with swing. This set is a good example of Herbie Mann's early style before he started exploring various types of world musics.

Chicken Little / Herbie MannHerbie Mann3:00
Cuban Love Song / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh / Herbert StothartHerbie Mann3:16
The Things We Did Last Summer / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneHerbie Mann4:15
Deep Night / Charles Henderson / Rudy ValléeHerbie Mann3:40
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHerbie Mann4:05
After Work / Herbie MannHerbie Mann4:07
Moon Dreams / Chummy MacGregor / Johnny MercerHerbie Mann3:29
A Spring Morning / Herbie MannHerbie Mann2:45
Scuffles / Gardner / Herbie MannHerbie Mann2:57
The Purple Grotto / Herbie MannHerbie Mann2:44
My Little Suede Shoes / Herbie Mann / Charlie ParkerHerbie Mann2:43
A Spring Morning / Herbie MannHerbie Mann2:50
The Purple Grotto / Herbie MannHerbie Mann2:57
Chicken Little / Herbie MannHerbie Mann3:11