The Family Of Mann – First Light (1974)


“Family Of Mann” features Herbie Mann along with 6 other top named Jazz musicians coming together to create musical magic that is a delight to listen to. Along with Herbie Mann on flute the rest of the group includes Sam Brown on guitar, Steven Gadd on drums, Arman Halburian on percussion instraments, Tony Levin on Bass, David Newman on Tenor Sax and Pat Rebillot on Keyboards. All of these musicians have a rich history of playing Jazz music as well as branching out into other forms and styles of music. They bring all their years of experience together to create “First Light”. While Herbie Mann brought the group together this is not one of his records with a bunch of talented musicians backing him up. Mann takes a reduced roll in the group so that everyone has a chance to shine and show off their musical abilities but also their song writing skills. Everyone of the songs that appear on the album was written by one of the members of the group. And every member gets his moment to take the spotlight in the music
Actually released as a “band” recording by the Family of Mann, First Light offers an enjoyable mix of accessible, melodic jazz penned by Herbie Mann and his band mates. In addition to Mann’s flute and alto flute, Sam Brown’s tasty acoustic guitar work and David Newman’s smoky tenor sax highlight the album. Longtime Mann collaborator and keyboardist Pat Rebillot provides solid support along with the rhythm section made up of studio stalwarts Tony Levin and Steve Gadd. This album is more laidback than most of the Mann catalog from the era, with the rhythmic variations and complementary interplay between the musicians contributing to the feeling of a real band. First Light is one of the classiest and most unified recordings of Herbie Mann’s long career.


1.  Toot Stick (2:20)
2.  Davey Blue (4:38)
3.  Daffodil (2:58)
4.  The Turtle And The Frog (2:40)
5.  Muh Hoss Knows The Way (2:18)
6.  Music Is A Game We Play (4:37)
7.  Sunrise Highs (9:17)
8.  Thanks You Mr. Rushing (3:05)
9.  Mexicali (4:17)
10.  Lullaby For Mary Elizabeth (3:00)

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Release: 1974
Genre: Jazz
Style: Jazz-Funk, Contemporary Jazz
Length: 39:15

Label – Atlantic Records

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