2 very groovy records from Herbie! Our Mann Flute features Herbie working in a mod 60s groove – in a style that actually works pretty darn well for his pop jazz
flute stylings! The arrangements are by Jimmy Wisner, Arif Mardin, Oliver Nelson, and Richard Wess – and the tunes work best as swingin' 60s instrumentals, instead of serious jazz
tunes. The record's got a great goofy cover with Herbie in kind of a Don Adams-esque pose, holding a flute with a site on it! Titles include an early version of The Crusaders
' "Scratch", plus "Happy Brass", "Good Lovin", "Our Man Flint", "Theme From Malamondo", "Monday Monday", and "Philly Dog". Impressions Of The Middle East is similar to some of the best Verve "groovy experimental" albums from the same period – like some of Cal Tjader's Eastern/
Latin work – and it features Herbie playing with a wide range of instrumentation that includes oud, zither, harp, and lots of eastern percussion. Keeping things real, though, are some key jazz
ers like Roy Ayers, Julian Priester, and Jimmy Owens – plus rhythm by Reggie Workman, Bruno Carr, and Patato Valdez. Tracks are very groovy – with a mixture of jazz
and exotic instrumentation – and titles include "Turkish Coffee", "Odalisque", "Uskudar", "Eli Eli", and "Dance Of The Semites".