Sahib Shihab / Herbie Mann – The Jazz We Heard Last Summer

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The Jazz We Heard Last Summer is a split album featuring saxophonist Sahib Shihab and flautist Herbie Mann‘s groups recorded in 1957 for the Savoy label.

AllMusic Review by Brandon Burke:
This split LP pairs a sextet led by multi-instrumentalist Sahib Shihab with another under the direction of Herbie Mann. Big names all the way around on this one. On the Shihab session, John Jenkins and Clifford Jordan round out the front line, while Hank Jones, Addison Farmer, and Dannie Richmond hold down the rhythm. Mann, on the other hand, is joined by Phil Woods, Eddie Costa, Joe Puma, Wilbur Ware, and Jerry Segal. Nothing overly surprising here, but one can expect quality performances by all. The album’s opener, “S.M.T.W.T.F.S.S. Blues,” and Jenkins’ own “Rockaway” are especially pleasing themes, as is the Phil Woods contribution, “World Wide Boots.” Generally speaking, the Shihab tracks are a bit meatier, causing the momentum to taper off toward the end of the disc. This should not, however, sway fans of late-’50s bop, as a number of the scene’s top players are featured on this admittedly short set (https://goo.gl/zxHVze).

Track listing:

Side One

“S.M.T.W.T.F.S.S. Blues” (Sahib Shihab) – 6:36
“Rockaway” (John Jenkins) – 6:43
“The Things We Did Last Summer” (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) – 7:0

Side Two

“Green Stamp Monsta” (Herbie Mann) – 7:58
“World Wide Boots” (Phil Woods) – 8:22

Personnel:

Side One
Sahib Shihab – baritone saxophone
John Jenkins – alto saxophone
Clifford Jordan – tenor saxophone
Hank Jones – piano
Addison Farmer – bass
Dannie Richmond – drums

Side Two
Herbie Mann – flute, tenor saxophone
Phil Woods – alto saxophone
Eddie Costa – piano, vibraphone
Joe Puma – guitar
Wilbur Ware – bass
Jerry Segal – drums

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Released: 1957
Recorded: May 2 and June 7, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 34:13
Label: Savoy
MG 12112
Producer: Ozzie Cadena

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