2 LPs on 1 CD! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD!!!
This edition presents, for the first time ever on CD, the two initial LPs by Herbie Mann and his New York Jazz Quartet in their entirety.
The two albums compiled here are New York Jazz Quartet (Elektra 115, later reissued on LP as Adam’s Theme), and Music for Suburban Living (Coral CRL57136).
This short-lived group, which only produced three albums, featured an unusual instrumentation for jazz, consisting of Mann on reeds (flute, alto flute, clarinet and tenor sax), Joe Puma on guitar, Dutch player Mat Mathews on accordion, and Whitey Mitchell on bass. As their third and last LP included two percussionists on all tracks, this CD comprises all existing recordings by the New York Jazz Quartet as such.
The group’s instrumentation was unique for a jazz formation, featuring Herbie Mann (1930-2003) on reeds (he played flute, alto flute, tenor sax, and clarinet with the quartet), Mat Mathews (1924-2009) on accordion, Joe Puma (1927-2000) on guitar, and Whitey Mitchell (1932-2009) on bass. As mentioned in the original liner notes, these musicians had worked together prior to forming the group. The most unusual instrument for jazz here, is certainly the accordion. Mat Mathews, born Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts in The Hague on June 18, 1924 (he died on February 12, 2009), learned to play accordion while the Netherlands was under Nazi rule during World War II. After hearing Joe Mooney on a radio broadcast after the war, he decided to begin playing jazz. From 1947 to 1950 he played with The Millers in Holland, and then moved to New York City in 1952. He then formed the NYJQ; he also played with Art Farmer, Julius Watkins, Joe Puma, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Dick Katz, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke, as well as Carmen McRae during 1954-55.
HERBIE MANN, flute, clarinet, alto flute & tenor sax
JOE PUMA, guitar
MAT MATHEWS, accordion
WHITEY MITCHELL, bass
1-9: New York Jazz Quartet/Adam’s Theme. New York, January 2, 1957.
10-21: Music for Suburban Living. New York, January-February 1957.