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miércoles, 19 de julio de 2017

Soul Flutes • Trust In Me

Review by Richard S. Ginell
This is a sneaky one. Probably because Herbie Mann was under contract to Atlantic at the time, producer Creed Taylor completely omits Mann's name on the jacket and liner (A&M's Glory Of Love, by contrast, was put out as a Mann LP) and put this out under the pseudonym "Soul Flutes." The liner notes obliquely refer to a mysterious headliner known only as the Fluteman, but it's easy to tell that Mann is the flutist on this LP, backed now and then by a small choir of two to four "ghost" flutes. At any rate, it's a pretty good series of sessions, with Don Sebesky scoring subtly for the flute ensemble, Eric Gale adding his distinctive rhythm and solo guitar, and the usual A&M/CTI rhythm section of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Grady Tate providing impeccable support. The tracks are short, made for airplay (some were actually heard on the air), best when translating calypso ("Day-O"), creating a golden mellow vision of "Early Autumn," or doing a rollicking turn on a country & western tune "Buckaroo" (though it fades out just as Herbie really gets rolling). Maybe one day, A&M's current custodians at PolyGram will see fit to re-release this music under its headliner's rightful name.

A1 Try A Little Tenderness 3:05
A2 Trust In Me 3:45
A3 In The Wee Small Hours 3:05
A4 Scarborough Fair 2:43
A5 Bachianas Brasilieras 4:15
B1 Cigarettes & Coffee 3:00
B2 Pu Po 3:15
B3 Early Autumn 3:55
B4 Day-O 2:15
B5 Buckaroo 2:30

Arranged By – Don Sebesky
Bass – Ron Carter (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B5)
Drums – Grady Tate (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B5)
Flute [Solo, "The Fluteman", Uncertain] – Herbie Mann (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B3 to B5), Hubert Laws (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B3 to B5)
Flute [Soul Flutes Ensemble & Piccolo] – George Marge (tracks: A4, B2 to B5), Joel Kaye (tracks: A2, A4, A5), Romeo Penque, Stan Webb (tracks: A1 to B1)
Guitar – Bucky Pizzarelli (tracks: A2, A4, A5), Eric Gale (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B5)
Organ – Paul Griffin (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B1)
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord – Herbie Hancock (tracks: B2 to B5)
Vibraphone, Marimba – Henry Watts (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B5)

A&M Records ‎– SP-3009, CTI Records ‎– SP-3009
Released: 1968

Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Tracks A1, A2, A3, A5, B1: February 21, 1968
Tracks B3, B4, B5: February 22, 1968
Tracks B2: March 13, 1968
Tracks A4: March 18, 1968

The identity of "The Fluteman" remains in question. While Herbie Mann has confirmed to researcher Dan Skea that he appears on this record, producer Creed Taylor has also informed this researcher that Hubert Laws is the mysterious flautist. Given the aural evidence, it is possible that both appear under this title.

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