Herbie Mann, legendary jazz flutist, passed away on July 1, 2003. As many people knew, Herbie had been battling cancer since 1997. We at Chesky Records are honored to have worked with Herbie on the recording Caminho de Casa.
Herbie Mann leaves behind a rich and influential legacy. The New York Times noted Herbie’s extraordinary contributions to jazz saying, "[He] helped to popularize the flute as a jazz instrument and to introduce the music of other cultures into the mainstream of American jazz." While Herbie explored a wide array of world music throughout his career, Brazilian music had foremost influence. In an interview with Herbie when recording Caminho de Casa, he said, "If I had to pick one place in the world that touches my heart it's Brazil."
Along his world travels and musical explorations, Herbie worked with an impressive lineup of musicians including Brazilian greats Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Sergio Mendes; percussionists Candido, Ray Barretto, Babatunde Olatunji, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Willie Bobo; jazz notables such as Phil Woods, Carmen McRae, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers, David Newman, Les McCann, Clark Terry, Cornell Dupree, Chet Baker, David Newman and Chuck Rainey. Caminho de Casa presents Herbie's group, Jasil Brazz, which he started in 1998.
He was an inspiring and groundbreaking musician who will be greatly missed.
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. A myriad of musical genre's, Herbie Mann now takes us to Brazil with Caminho De Casa, proving once again how great this veteran artist really is.
1. Caminho De Casa
2. Gabriela's Song
4. Your Body
5. Pao E Poesia
6. Yesterday's Kisses
8. Choro Das Aguas
9. Doa A Quem Doer