Sun. Sep. 26, 2021

Herbie Mann – Memphis Underground (Live)

Classics: Herbie Mann – Memphis Underground (Live) (Atlantic)

Jazz flautist Herbie Mann is a quintessential figure in the history of the contemporary groove. He embraced Latin Jazz, Reggae and Disco, among others. Eventually scoring his biggest success with his cover version of Barrabás‘s ‘Hi Jack’. But also of Celi Bee‘s Superman’. This before prior giving birth to the Jazz/Funk classic ‘Etagui’ along with Disco Don Patrick Adams.

The 1969 released ‘Memphis Underground’ from the album of the name stands as his signature cutB. Featuring the instantly recognizable Roy Ayers on vibraphone along with stellar rocky guitar parts. But what about its live version recorded back in 1972 at the New York Jazz Festival? One of those recordings in the caliber of say Miles Davis‘So What’ at the Robert Herridge Theater. And or Vi Redd‘s performace of ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ along with the Count Basie Orchestra at the Antibes/Juan-Les-Pins Jazz Festival back in 1969.

This ‘Memphis Underground’ live version is even better than the studio recording I would say. Givin’ this compsition of groovier and, as a result, a more catchy flow. Don’t you think?

Available from the 1973 ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ album…
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