Herbie Mann/Bobby Jaspar: Flute Flight (2002)
Mann’s earlier records were largely successful, since the pairing of flute and guitar without piano blended so nicely together; here Flanagan and the rhythm section seem determined to crowd him out of the room. Jaspar is a virtually unknown flautist who joins Mann on the first two numbers; on the rest of the CD Mann is absent and the lead spot is occupied by Jaspar and Eddie Costa on vibes. Somewhat better, but these selections still don’t generate any heat. For a better example of flute-based jazz, seek out Mann’s superb Bethlehem recordings and skip this one.
Track Listing: 1. Tutti Flutie 2. Bo-Do 3. Flute Bass Blues 4. Flute Bob 5. Solacium.
Personnel: Herbie Mann-flute (1,2); Bobby Jaspar-flute; Tommy Flanagan-piano; Joe Puma-guitar (1,2); Eddie Costa-vibes (3-5); Wendell Marshall-bass (1,2); Doug Watkins-bas (3-5); Bobby Donaldson-drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz