In 1962, at the height of the bossa nova craze, flautist Herbie Mann went back to the source and connected the real thing with jazz by recording in Rio de Janeiro with some of the best local practitioners and adapting with ease to a broad spectrum of Brazilian groups. Sergio Mendes’ hard-swinging band is heard on tunes like Menina Feia, Batida Diferente or Blues Walk, with Mendes, Pedro Paulo and Paulo Moura impressively jazz-aware on piano, trumpet and alto respectively.
Elsewhere, Antonio Carlos Jobim is coolly intriguing, singing and scatting on his own One Note Samba. He also plays piano and provides the string settings on this and the charming, rich melodies of Amor Em Paz and Insensatez. Baden Powell’s distinctive guitar features in three black-influenced compositions, Nana, Deve Ser Amor, and Consolaçao, nice songs “almost with a blues feeling,” Mann pointed out. On Voce E Eu, Mann’s flute is backed by the Bossa Tres, another trio with a jazz approach led by the talented pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas. And Bossa Velha - a number Mann conceived for the occasion - is a 17-piece percussion group recruited from the “Escola de Samba.” The results remain a delightful vindication of Mann’s decision.
Sources: From the Atlantic albums:
Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann (SD 1397
Latin Fever (SD 1422)
(1-5) HERBIE MANN with SERGIO MENDES & BOSSA RIO
Herbie Mann (fl); Pedro Paulo (tp) Paulo Moura (as) Durval Ferreira (g)
Sergio Mendes (p) Otavio Bailly Jr., (b) Dom Um Romao(d).
(6-8) HERBIE MANN & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
(6-7)Herbie Mann, (fl, a-fl) Antonio Carlos Jobim (p,voc)
(8) Baden Powell (g); string section.
(9-11) HERBIE MANN & BADEN POWELL
Herbie Mann (fl,a-fl) Baden Powell (g) Gabriel (b)
Juquinha or Papao (on 10), drums.
(12) HERBIE MANN & BOSSA TRES
Herbie Mann (fl) Luis Carlos Vinhas (p) Sebastian Neto (b) Edison Machado (d)
(13): HERBIE MANN with ZEZINHO E SUA ESCOLA DE SAMBA
Herbie Mann (fl) accompanied by a 17-piece percussion group
All tracks recorded in Rio de Janeiro, October 15, 16 & 17, 1962
01. Menina Feia (Castro Neves) 5:30
02. Blues Walk (Brown) 4:06
03. Batida Diferente (Durval-Einhorn) 5:12
04. Groovy Samba (Mendes) 5:06
05. Influenza do Jazz (Lyra) 5:38
06. Insensatez (Jobim) 3:04
07. Amor em Paz (Jobim-de Moraes) 2:36
08. One Note Samba (Jobim-Mendonça) 3:20
09. Nana (Powell) 3:59
10. Deve Ser Amor (Powell-de Moraes) 4:19
11. Consolaçao (Powell) 4:26
12. Voce E Eu (Lyra-de Moraes) 4:21
13. Bossa Velha (Mann) 4:23