Personalities | Herbie Mann | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Tenor saxophone, flute, 1930–2003)
Flautist Herbie Mann was a popularizer of the flute in jazz, an investigator of far-flung ethnic music traditions and a pioneer of jazz-rock fusion. Mann began as a tenor saxophonist but eventually became the most commercially successful of the few jazz players to concentrate exclusively on the flute. He fronted an Afro-Latin group in the late 1950s, then had a major crossover hit with ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ and popular success with Memphis Underground (1968). Mann focused upon Brazilian-tinged jazz later in his career, and at the end of his life explored the music of his Central European Jewish ancestry.
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