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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hi-Jack the Disco

posted by on February 27 at 15:17 PM

Flautist Herbie Mann could be considered a “household” name when it comes to jazz music, however for some reason I didn’t realize his brilliance until very recently. After exploring through some of Mann’s albums, I found that there is a handful of releases during the middle to late 1970’s that completely blow me away. Most of my interest is centered around, obviously, his more disco and latin sounding releases, including the 1975 LP Discotheque which included a cover of Barrabas’s “Hi-Jack”, as well as his 1978 release of the Waterbed album, which included a cover of one of my all-time favorite disco tracks “Waterbed” by LTG Exchange. After his success with these more dance oriented disco sounding jazz records, Herbie Mann continued to explore his disco infatuation by hooking up with legendary New York disco producer Patrick Adams and together they wrote and produced the Super Mann LP, which Terry helped introduce me to. This album included a cover of Celi Bee’s “Superman” theme as well as the original disco-funk classic “Etagui”. Although many of his disco hits tended to be covers, even though he had plenty of amazing originals, he was able to help bridge the gap between 70’s jazz, latin-funk, and disco.

Herbie Mann - Hi-Jack

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just dropping a jewel: 'hi jack' by barrabas was also covered by the enoch light orchestra. enoch light's version was the sample source (hijacked, if you will) by the beatnuts for 'watch out now' and the sample later most famously reemerged on 'jenny from the block' by jennifer lopez.

i'm interested to hear what herbie mann did to this track. thanks for the file.

Posted by cosby | February 27, 2008 3:34 PM

if you want to see the best BEST album cover of all time, get yourself a copy of 'push push'. musically speaking, the record that herbie did with joao gilberto is on my all time top 50.

Posted by tenspeed | February 28, 2008 2:07 PM

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