In 1961 Herbie Mann and his band were touring South America. Upon his arrival in Rio de Janiero, he had the Brazilians teach him some of their folk songs. "The first night, I stopped in the middle of a blues solo and played a simple Brazilian melody that I had heard that day. The Brazilians loved it. For me, Brazilian music has beautiful melodies and harmonies as well as wild rhythms."
It was the beginning of a life-long love affair. When he returned from the tour, he convinced his record company to sponsor an extended visit to Brazil to record his next album. There, he met some of Brazil's emerging musical talents and later brought them into the studio to produce a fusion of the two cultures that the world had never heard. His ensuing releases helped usher in the Bossa Nova craze.
Caminho de Casa, Herbie Mann's Chesky release, features a brilliant line-up of young stars. Mark Soskin is heard on keyboards, Paul Socolow plays bass, Romero Lubambo is on guitar, Ricky Sebastian is on drums and featured on percussion is Cafe.
Always in pursuit of unique musical directions over a career that has spanned almost forty years, Herbie Mann has been influenced by a variety of world music. His groups and albums have explored Brazilian, Afro Cuban, and Middle Eastern elements, in addition to Memphis R&B and sophisticated New York Rock. Herbie Mann now takes us to Brazil with Caminho De Casa, proving once again how great this veteran artist really is.