JAZZ ALBUMS RECORDED:

Herbie Mann – Memphis Underground (1969)
Track Listing:
1. Memphis Underground
2. New Orleans
3. Hold On, I’m Comin’
4. Chain of Fools
5. Battle Hymn of the Republic

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
Herbie Mann has always been open to new trends in his music. For this 1969 studio session, he and three other top soloists (vibraphonist Roy Ayers and guitarists Larry Coryell and Sonny Sharrock) went down to Memphis and combined their talents with a topnotch local rhythm section. The music effectively mixes R&B and country rhythms with the lead jazz voices, although the material, which includes "Memphis Underground," "Hold On! I'm Comin'," and "Chain of Fools," is rather weak.

Charlie Haden – The Golden Number (1976)
Track Listing:
1. Out of Focus
2. Shepp’s Way
3. Turnaround
4. Golden Number

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
The second of two duet sets by bassist Charlie Haden (both have been reissued on A&M CDs) is the equal of the first. Haden teams up with Don Cherry (on trumpet and flutes), tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp (for the excellent "Shepp's Way"), pianist Hampton Hawes (jamming Ornette Coleman's blues "Turnaround"), and Ornette himself, who unfortunately plays trumpet this time around. In general, the music is quite intriguing and has its share of variety.

 


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