HERBIE MANN (born Herbert Jay Solomon) was one of
Jazz music’s most prolific performers and innovators excelling predominantly on
flute, but also tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Throughout the
50’s and 60’s Mann played in many groups exploring the boundaries of Jazz by
absorbing Afro-Latin themes and recording and touring throughout the world.
During this time he was able to nurture some of the greatest Jazz musicians as
his sidemen, most notably Willie Bobo, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers and David Newman.
In the 70’s Mann extended his repertoire further by
incorporating rock, pop, reggae and disco into his sound, which included this
1975 offering on Atlantic Records, DISCOTHEQUE.
The album boasts a number of great jazzy grooves that show off Mann’s
incredible dexterity on the flute and employs his vast experience to its full
extent. DISCOTHEQUE was received very
well in Jazz, R&B, Pop and Disco markets on its release achieving #5, #19
and #27 on the Billboard Jazz, R&B and Pop album charts respectively.
The albums one and only single was an instrumental
cover of ‘Hi-Jack,’ which was originally recorded by Latin influenced Funk
group Barrabas in 1974, and again confirmed the wide appeal that Mann enjoyed
as it charted at #14 Pop, #24 R&B and an incredible #1 on Billboards Disco
Action chart as the track lit up dance floors across the USA. Other notable
tracks are the self-penned ‘High Above The Andes,’ showing off Mann’s love of
the Latin groove, and a gorgeous rendition of Stevie Wonders ‘Bird Of Beauty.’
This edition also features the non-album B-side ‘Orient Express’ and the
original unedited version of ‘Hi-Jack’.
BBR is very proud to
bring you DISCOTHEQUE, completely
re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended
bonus content. DISCOTHEQUE is a must
have for all (Latin) Jazz, Funk and Dance/Disco fans out there!
Release Date: 04/11/2013
Our Price: £9.95
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