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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Monday Night At The Village Gate - Herbie Mann


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Monday Night At The Village Gate
Herbie Mann
Recording Engineers: Tom Dowd, Phil Lehle & Joe Atkinson
Cover Painting: Abidine
Cover Design: Boring Eutemey
Supervision: Nesuhi Ertegun
Atlantic 1462

Herbie Mann - Flute
John Hitchcock, Mark Weinstein - Trombones
Chick Corea - Piano
Dave Pike - Vibes
Earl May - Bass
Bruno Carr - Drums
Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Conga Drums

This album was recorded at The Village Gate in New York. Atlantic Records is grateful to Art D'Lugoff for his kind cooperation during the recording of this album.

From the back cover: Six years ago the Village Gate started a series of Monday evening jazz sessions. At that time the club played only folk and international attractions through the week. Herbie Mann's band became such a smash on Monday nights that we decided on Thanksgiving of 1960 to book the group for an entire week.

This, too, was successful, as Herbie Mann became the first of many jazz groups to play the Gate regularly. In fact, Herbie Mann holds the record of playing the Gate more weeks then any other single attraction. His first live recording from the club made four years ago and naturally titled Herbie Mann At The Village Gate has sold over half a million copies and thus far holds the record as the biggest album ever recorded live at the club. Incidentally, the Gate has more live recordings released than any other club in the world.

Whenever Herbie Mann comes to the Gate there's lots of excitement in the air. Herbie like to keep changing his book and his instrumentalists. He adds a drum here, subtracts a guitar there, adds  trombones and through it all you can hear the great swinging flute of Herbie mann. Whether it's Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, blues or just plain jazz his groups are always up with the audience. And, boy, does that audience react!

Unlike most night clubs, the Gate is acoustically a very live room. We absolutely shy away from fancy drapes, chandeliers and headwaiters. We have a real professional stage with a light and sound man to program every attraction. Most important, our patrons pay an admission, just like at any concert, to hear their favorite artist. We have liquor and food but no one is obligated to purchase anything.

Funny, but Herbie's customers not only pay admission gladly, they also drink. I wish there were a dozen more acts like Herbie Mann in the business. Maybe there would be more jazz clubs opening rather than closing. – Art D' Lugoff

From Billboard - May 14, 1966: Recorded live at New York's Village Gate, the album should top the sales of the flutist's earlier LP, "Herbie Mann At The Village Gate," which went over the 500,000 mark. Excellent Mann-made jazz.

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