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Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann was a American jazz flutist and important early pracitioner of world music. Born April 16, 1930 as Herbert Jay Solomon, he died July 1, 2003. In 1958 he added a conga player to his band and did African style music. In 1961 he took a tour of Brazil and returned the United States to record with Brazilian player. These albulms helped popularize the bossa nova.

Mann also recorded music in reggae, Middle Eastern, Eastern European and disco styles. Many of his albums throughout his career returned to Brazilian themes.

He founded his own record label "Kokopelli Records" after difficulty with established labels. He later left this label, too. He recorded over 100 albums in his career. His first gig was playing in the Catskills[?] at age 15; his last on May 3, 2003 was the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at age 73.

Partial Discography

  • African Suite (1959)
  • Herbie Mann At the Village Gate (1962)
  • Do the Bossa Nova
  • Brazil Bossa Nova & Blues (1962)
  • Herbie Mann/Joao Gilberto/Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Latin Mann (1965)
  • Nirvana
  • Impressions of the Middle East
  • The Wailing Dervishes
  • Reggae
  • Memphis Two Step (1971)
  • Memphis Underground
  • Push Push
  • Jasil Brazz
  • Deep Pocket
  • Opalescence
  • Peace Pieces
  • Celebration
  • America Brazil
  • Sona Terra
  • Eastern European Roots (2000)



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