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 Mann||Herbie Mann||3:00|
|Cuban Love Song / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh / Herbert Stothart||Herbie Mann||3:16|
|The Things We Did Last Summer / Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne||Herbie Mann||4:15|
|Deep Night / Charles Henderson / Rudy Vallée||Herbie Mann||3:40|
|Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler||Herbie Mann||4:05|
|After Work / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||4:07|
|Moon Dreams / Chummy MacGregor / Johnny Mercer||Herbie Mann||3:29|
|A Spring Morning / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||2:45|
|Scuffles / Gardner / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||2:57|
|The Purple Grotto / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||2:44|
|My Little Suede Shoes / Herbie Mann / Charlie Parker||Herbie Mann||2:43|
|A Spring Morning / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||2:50|
|The Purple Grotto / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||2:57|
|Chicken Little / Herbie Mann||Herbie Mann||3:11|