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Herbie Mann and Sona Terra: Eastern European Roots

Flutist Herbie Mann has previously challenged us by melding jazz with world music on recordings, but never in such a personal way as on this CD, where he delves deep into his Eastern European and Jewish heritage.

Mann performs 11 original and traditional tunes he had begun working on after his 1996 diagnosis and treatment for inoperable prostate cancer. A cultural exchange trip to Budapest in 2000 solidified his music and granted him a sense of homecoming. In fact, “Jelek,” the best and longest track, was recorded in Hungary with native musicians. On the remaining tunes, Bruce Dunlap (guitar), Alexander Fedoriouk (cimbilum), Gil Goldstein (accordion & arranger), Geoff Mann (drums, percussion, mandolin) and Paul Socolow (bass) radiate freshness and spirit, skillfully navigating intriguing melodic, harmonic and rhythmic alterations. Each well-developed tune contains engaging melodious gems.

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